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Renewable energy, Elon Musk, and Saudi Arabia
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RE: Renewable energy, Elon Musk, and Saudi Arabia
(06-26-2019 06:26 PM)Arado Wrote:  Didn't want to start a new thread but saw this in the news lately and thought it was worth mentioning - apparently electric planes will soon be viable for short haul (<500 mile) commuter flights, and will likely be much cheaper on a per mile basis than traditional fuel based aircraft. Or, this could be a bust - curious to hear from anyone who knows the industry well.

Honda produces a strictly excellent small jet with a starting price around 4.5 million.

With the poor weight to energy capacity problem of batteries and the degradation batteries undergo every charging cycle, anything concerning election airplanes demands extreme skepticism. Physics just doesn't support the idea with a couple orders of magnitude separating the idea of an electric airplane from practicality.

Lithium-ion batteries require an anode, cathode, and flammable hydrocarbon electrolyte. A traditional jet simply needs Jet-A, a very energy dense hydrocarbon fluid.
07-01-2019 12:28 AM
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