The Age of Electric Vehicles
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As the world pushes for cleaner emissions for our global citizens and for our planet, every industry is diving into new initiatives to reduce their carbon footprint. For the aerospace and automotive industry, electric aircraft offer an innovative solution for gas emission reduction – a modern, environment-friendly option to move people, goods and information. Aside from companies and startups, communities are starting their own drive for a better world.
In the picturesque region of British Columbia, enabling efficient, consistent air traffic of sea planes while also keeping the surrounding areas protected from emissions has developed into a major priority. So much so, that they have enacted a tax exemption for electric aircraft traveling throughout the Canadian province as part of the “CleanBC” initiative. According to Avionics International, Harbour Air, a charter company planning to convert its entire fleet to electric propulsion, has already experienced 7% savings because of this enacted legislation.
Another potential result from this initiative could be boosted efforts to bring urban air mobility to Vancouver. Currently, air taxis are under development by Bell, Boeing, Airbus and a number of other manufacturers, being designed to support spread out communities. Divided by a harbor with just two main bridges across, Vancouver could benefit from quick cargo and passenger transport vehicles. Also, locals are more accustomed to helicopter and seaplane traffic than Los Angeles and New York City residents, making them more receptive to this new opportunity. The precedent set by this legislation highlights the incentives aerospace and transportation operations can take advantage of by turning their focus to electrically-powered aircraft.
Even the rotorcraft world is starting to follow the trend. Bell recently unveiled its electrically distributed anti-torque (EDAT) aircraft, an unprecedented innovation in this space. According to Vertical Magazine, the system is composed of four small fans within a tail rotor shroud in an offset two-by-two pattern. Each of the rotors contains four blades, powered by four separate motors, with the electrical energy provided through generators driven by the turbine engines. This flying demonstration is the first of its kind, garnering interest from organizations and aviation fans all over.
With new cost saving benefits and the promise of redefining flight, it’s no surprise that mobility is becoming more dynamic and more electric.
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