The electric airplanes at the horizon of commercial use


Air Canada announced that it invested in Sweden-based Heart Aerospace, an electric airplane startup, expecting a viable electric aircraft. Last yer, Heart Aerospace company unveiled the ES-19, a 19-seat electric aircraft meant for short flights up to 250 miles (400 km) of range. Now, Heart Aerospace has decided to replace the ES-19 with the new ES-30, a 30-passenger electric aircraft. It is driven by electric motors powered by batteries, which allows the airplane to operate with zero emissions and low noise. The ES-30 has a comfortable three-abreast flat-floor cabin seating and it features a galley and a lavatory. It is projected for a much shorter all-electric range of 125 miles (200 km), but it will have a reserve-hybrid configuration, consisting of two turbo generators, to get the original 250 miles (400 km) range and the reserve energy requirements. That means aircraft will have too electric propulsion powered by jet fuel. The new aircraft is planned for commercial flights in 2028. Air Canada has also placed a purchase order for 30 ES-30 aircraft.


United Airlines Ventures, Nordic airlines Braathens Regional Airlines (BRA), Icelandair, SAS, and New Zealand’s Sounds Air have all placed orders for the electric aircraft. By the mid 2030s Heart Aerospace believes the ES-30 will add 100 km to its electric and hybrid ranges, and by the late 2030s said it could be able to fly 400 km on battery power and 600 km in hybrid mode.