Chris Baraniuk. 06/17/2020. “The largest electric plane ever to fly”. https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200617-the-largest-electric-plane-ever-to-fly
Author and Source Info:
Chris Baraniuk is a freelance technology journalist based in Northern Ireland. He writes about the impact of technology on society and its role within human culture. This source is an academic source, Chris Baraniuk seems like a credible source, he uses a lot of facts throughout his article when he speaks about the aircraft that was used to conduct this experiment and explains the future of aviation as a whole because of this innovation.
Through out the article the author tries to answer the question, “how long will it be before they are ready for everyday aviation?” This question is aiming towards the electric aircraft being part of aviation permanently. The author reminds his readers that this is a small aircraft constantly through out the article and he first does it when he says, “It’s a far cry from the 200-300-seater jet that takes you on weekend city breaks or work trips, never mind the huge double-decker planes that cross continents.” But he does also speak about how the benefits outweigh the cons, “the price of flying the Cessna clocked in at a mere $6 (£4.80).” he gives the cost of the 30 minute fligh and then he compares it to the cost of a flight ran on gasoline. “the 30-minute flight would have cost $300-400 “ not only this but the author also does his own research and quotes others making him a more credible source.
I agree with the author of the article in a way that he knows that the benefit of electric aircraft could be beneficial to the airlines ad passenger pockets and the fact that it could greatly benefit the earth. The author also understand and makes it clear that this type of aircraft will not be possible on large commercial aircraft for another 50 to 100 years. He makes it clear that as we live today with the technology that we have today it will only really be possible to implement this onto smaller aircraft with lighter loads.
“AeroTEC and magniX, which supplied the electric motor, are chuffed with the results. Roei Ganzarski, chief executive of magniX, pointed out in a statement that the price of flying the Cessna clocked in at a mere $6 (£4.80). Had they used conventional engine fuel, the 30-minute flight would have cost $300-400 (£240-320).”
“The biggest electric plane ever, huh? Well, it was a modified Cessna Caravan 208B – which can take a maximum of nine passengers. And the test aircraft only had a seat installed for the pilot.”
“The first thing to note is that long-haul flights by large aircraft are not going to become fully electric any time soon. Certainly not within the next 50 years “