Narrator: The FAA amended its rules in 2016 to allow electric propulsion systems in airplanes built for up to 19 passengers. The real problem, though, is that certification, even with these amendments, takes years, so companies have gotten creative.
How much do airlines make per flight?
According to the Wall Street Journal, the average “profit per passenger” of the seven largest U.S. airlines was $17.75 — for just a one-way flight — and the average profit margin across those seven airlines was 9% in 2017.
How fast can an electric plane fly?
Its 400 kW electric powertrain, when combined with the battery system, can power the aircraft to more than 300 MPH. If successful, Rolls-Royce will set a new world speed record for electric flight. (Current speed record is 210 MPH, set by Siemens in 2017.)
How loud is an electric airplane?
Officially, the plane has a maximum noise level of 60 decibels (dBA) , which is said to be the same as a normal conversation. “It’s about half the noise level of a similar-sized light aircraft,” Corpataux says.