Phew, it did well! That’s what most of the viewers thought while witnessing the world’s first all-electric plane flew today. Today, Harbour Air, in association with Xmagni, has successfully tested their first all-electric plane in Canada.
Xmagni is the company behind engineering this masterpiece. Earlier this year, the company shook hands with Harbour Air to build a high-density propulsion system for embedding into current planes to provide a clean and efficient way to power airplanes. That project has successfully showed results.
This six-passenger ePlane is named as Havilland Beaver DHC-2 and it’s run by a 750-horsepower (560 kW) magni500 propulsion system. It’s piloted by Harbour Air’s CEO and Founder Greg McDougall for over 15minutes on the Fraser River at Harbour Air Seaplanes terminal in Richmond (YVR South) this morning.
After riding it, Greg said, “Today, we made history. I am incredibly proud of Harbour Air’s leadership role in re-defining safety and innovation in the aviation and seaplane industry. Canada has long held an iconic role in the history of aviation, and to be part of this incredible world-first milestone is something we can all be really proud of.” Further, Harbour Air defined this flight as “This historic flight signifies the start of the third era in aviation – the electric age”
Being so happy of this revolution, the sole catch with this ePlane is the milage. Havilland Beaver is limited to 100 miles (160KM) per tour. Though this could limited for now, but the company behind this tech is optimistic about the developing technology that could enhance the milage in future.
CEO of magniX, Roei Ganzarski believes this technology to be revolutionary and proves that low-cost, environmentally friendly, commercial electric air travel can be a reality in the very near future. After successful test flying, both the companies are now waiting for the certification and approval process for the propulsion system and the retrofitting of aircraft. If allowed, Harbour Air’s remaining flights will be electrified too.
Harbour Air is offering cheap rides to cool destinations in the locality with fares starting as low as $54 (one side) to all the way up to $200. You can book rides from their website and fly to 12 destinations seamlessly.