- Sep 17, 2008
The Grand Caravan that was converted has a normal capacity of 10 to 14 seats. 4-5 people is a really poor return for the size and weight of the airplane. Sure, the electricity is cheap, but what of the batteries?Obviously a Caravan sized airplane is to small for a 4-5 pax electric. It may be better as a 1 to 2 person total, or get a bigger airframe for the 1-2 people.
If it has to be electric, then it is going to have to be very large and very expensive. But if electric is your only choice then what are you going to do?
To carry passengers you need to think Blimp sized.
The other thing noted in the articles on this testing was that it was climbed to only 2500 feet. Fine at sea-level ops, not so fine in mountainous terrain. Climbing consumes a lot of power, shortening range.
Electric isn't the only choice yet. If it does become so, it will be politically-driven, not scientifically motivated. Not based on real data, at least.