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 worldâ€™s top buyers of electric cars.
Transport Minister Ketil Solvik-Olsen and Dag Falk-Petersen, head of state-run Avinor which runs most of Norwayâ€™s airports, took a few minutesâ€™ flight around Oslo airport in an Alpha Electro G2 plane, built by Pipistrel in Slovenia.
â€śThis is … a first example that we are moving fast forwardâ€ť toward greener aviation, Solvik-Olsen told Reuters. â€śWe do have to make sure it is safe – people wonâ€™t fly if they donâ€™t trust it.â€ť
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.
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