Norway tests tiny electric plane, sees passenger flights by 2025

Posted: June 21, 2018 by oldbrew in innovation, News

Avinor’s electric plane [image credit:]

It’s tiny, hard to get into and battery weight is still a major problem, but the latest ‘green’ toy has got off the ground. However, Norway is also one of the world’s leading oil and gas exporters. Crude oil and natural gas accounted for 40% of the country’s total export value in 2015.

OSLO (Reuters) — Norway tested a two-seater electric plane on Monday and predicted a start to passenger flights by 2025 if new aviation technologies match a green shift that has made Norwegians the world’s top buyers of electric cars.

Transport Minister Ketil Solvik-Olsen and Dag Falk-Petersen, head of state-run Avinor which runs most of Norway’s airports, took a few minutes’ flight around Oslo airport in an Alpha Electro G2 plane, built by Pipistrel in Slovenia.

“This is … a first example that we are moving fast forward” toward greener aviation, Solvik-Olsen told Reuters. “We do have to make sure it is safe – people won’t fly if they don’t trust it.”

He said plane makers such as Boeing and Airbus were developing electric aircraft and that battery prices were tumbling, making it feasible to reach a government goal of making all domestic flights in Norway electric by 2040.

Asked when passenger flights in electric planes could start, Falk-Petersen, the pilot, said: “My best guess is before 2025 … It should all be electrified by 2040.”

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  1. dennisambler says:

    Will they have the battery charge indicator in a prominent position for passengers? Presumably they supply the parachutes.

  2. cognog2 says:

    When the energy intensity per kilogram of batteries approaches that of fossil fuel; then electric flight will become feasible. Otherwise it will remain a small niche market and somewhat expensive.

  3. Phoenix44 says:

    Blimey, just read the Wiki page it links – who edited that?!

    Apparently “…and it was specifically this huge amount of oil found in the North Sea that made Norway’s separate path outside the EU possible.”

    Because why exactly?

    “Norway can serve as a role model for many countries in terms of petroleum resource management. In Norway, good institutions and open and dynamic public debate involving a whole variety of civil society actors are key factors for successful petroleum governance.”

    Nothing to do with vast reserves and a tiny, homogeneous population then?

    Interestingly it gets “public good” wrong as well, as many do.

    But why is the Norwegian government doing all it can to make its citizens massively poorer in the future?

  4. oldbrew says:

    Norway can serve as a role model for many countries in terms of petroleum resource management.

    All you need is plenty of massive fjords to convert for hydro-electricity :/

    How about it desert-bound Saudis? Maybe solar will help but it doesn’t like extreme heat much.

  5. oldbrew says:

    Back in electric car world…

    BBC: Creme Eggs knock out electric car charging point in Aberlour

    Jennifer Robertson, of Aberlour-based communications agency Spey, told the BBC Scotland news website: “I took one Creme Egg out to see if it (the point) still worked, but it didn’t…I have been charging at home instead, it takes 20 minutes at a charging point but at home it’s 10 hours.”

  6. Bitter@twisted says:

    Great idea!
    Let’s hide a lot more crime eggs in EV charging points.
    A simple solution to an expensive problem.

    [reply] just to be clear, the Talkshop does not endorse such actions 😉
    ‘Crime’ eggs 😂

  7. Kip Hansen says:

    This is about “bush planes” — like they use in Alaska — one (the one tested), two, three passengers and a pilot for domestic flights. I don’t think there will be any electric jumbo jets….
    It’s a fine idea — what’s not to like — as long as you have the time and electricity — charging time and enough electrical grid power to also power all the flights (and ferries and cars…)

  8. oldbrew says:

    A cheaper solution – the electric paraglider.

    Maybe not ideal in thunderstorms.

  9. BLACK PEARL says:

    Whats it like at gliding … a MUST ability I would have thought !

  10. E.M.Smith says:

    Looking at the long thin wing and sleek profile, I’d guess the glide ratio at about 20:1.

    Norway, with huge hydro and very SHORT domestic flight distances can electrify them.

    Now think about Los Angeles to New York, transatlantic, or worse, NYC to Tokyo… just not on the cards.

    Or a place like California where we’re headed for $1/2 per kW-hr so e-fuel is priced like whiskey…

  11. TomO says:

    That BBC report on the vandalised charger …. £800? – there’s some urine extraction going on there for about an hour’s work for a pretty average electrician.

  12. oldbrew says:

    With creme eggs at about 3 for £1 and no shortage of pranksters/vandals in Britain, they might want to think about more secure on-street chargers before this becomes a popular craze :/

    BMW has an electric mat option for charging…

    The system can be installed in garages or outdoors. “Great. But will it fry my cat?” asked Car.Magazine.

  13. stpaulchuck says:

    E.M. Smith, if the batteries weighed a whole lot less then maybe a glide ratio of 14:1. This clunker is lucky if it gets 11:1 (I’m a light plane driver of many decades). The Cessna 152 has a glide ratio of about 10:1 and the 172 about 9:1. Without the struts it’ll glide cleaner but I’m still leery of anything above 11:1 with two on board.

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