Although big-name organizations such as Boeing, JetBlue and NASA are pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into electric aviation research and development, you won’t be able to fly across the United States on an all-electric commercial jumbo jet anytime soon.
That technology is decades away, and while the number of electric aircraft programs in progress around the world could hit 200 by the end of the year, only a couple of small, short-range electric aircraft designs have taken to the skies.
As more companies prepare to test prototypes by the end of 2019, three big hurdles remain: improving new technologies; navigating a lengthy and expensive certification process; and attracting (and maintaining good relationships with) deep-pocketed investors. And then there’s the obvious challenge of convincing fliers — frequent and infrequent — to embrace electric planes as ticket-purchasing passengers.
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