- Sep 17, 2008
The market determines what works. If an electric aircraft manufacturer can't make an airplane that has practical range and a reasonable charging time, it isn't going to sell well. The market is always willing to buy new stuff that is an improvement. How many old flip-phones do we see people using? Or old CRT televisions? Or corded power tools? Or incandescent flashlights and carbon-cell batteries? Or desktop computers with 640K of RAM?As near as I can tell ,all of the efforts towards a
an electric aircraft are hedging there bets because of the critical scruteny and that the teck is moving so fast that there is a danger of commiting to old and orphaned non competitive teck.
We don't have to worry about old, non-competitive technology. The market doesn't want it. It can't compete. So far, the current crop of electric airplanes aren't competitive. Only if governments get involved and outlaw internal-combustion engines will we see more electric vehicles, and that won't end well at all. Outlawing current useful technology does not make newer technologies any better. It's like trying repeal the laws of physics. Doesn't work.