Nobody is saying it won't possibly happen someday. It's just a question as to when and in what way. And although trillions may be getting poured into renewable energy, only a tiny slice of that is going toward electric aircraft. That actually tracks with historic development though, as aircraft engine development has always been a follow-on of earthbound engine development.Electric is here to stay and will only get better over the years to come - Trillions of $ are being poured into research for the goose that will lay the golden egg, Holy Grail..... of battery tech so you know if the big money people are in it, it will happen...
And therein lies the rub. Pilots for the most part aren't going to adopt with that limitation. The people who invest all that money know there has to be a market for the product in order for them to earn that money back. That doesn't happen without pilots buying electric airplanes. Simply having the technology doesn't cut the mustard. There has to be a market big enough to recoup the costs....We will need to stick with 30-45min flights until the next gen batteries arrive.
There will undoubtedly be some early adopters who are happy with short duration flights. But the majority of pilots won't want that. So the real question lies in when the technology will improve to the point that most pilots are willing to take the plunge. That will give the investors the return on investment they seek. The fact that people are investing money on the technology now is a sign that some think it will be soon. Others disagree, or are at least somewhat skeptical. That hardly makes them flat earth people, so I'm not sure you really know what that means....I vaguely remember when friends in RC flying started to go into electric -- they were so happy with 5 mins of flight not having deal with crap ICE motors with15mins of flight,,, something like that...
Wow. 70 electric planes compared to an unknown lesser number of non-electric planes, maybe only two or three. What a historic landmark. How much of this is the US market? Private aviation in Europe has been decimated by government control, so it's really the US market that will make the difference for investors.Awsome.
The market speaks....
There is more than just one type of "flat-earth'er", "science denier", and "un-enlightened thinker". Some of us Neanderthal knuckle-draggers have the gall to ask where all those batteries come from, and what the battery manufacturing process does to the environment.Electric is here to stay and will only get better over the years to come -
Flat earth people can rest at ease knowing that we already know your crazy and that nothing has change for you
No offense but that thing looks like the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man and Mrs Bobbitt had an altercation!So I just sketched a smooooth eCelera 500L (got rid of those ugly air-scoops 'cause it's MagniX electric ), and guess what....it looks sensationally-smooth.......it's just gotta' be the future!
500 miles, 5 pax, 300 kts, 20:1 Glide, 280 HP eMotor.
Elon, world's No 1 "Futurist" would go for it like a shot!
Try doing a few sketches yourself, and you'll see what I mean!
Yes, it is recent. President Moreno, the recent socialist puppet, dropped the subsidies suddenly as part of a deal to receive a giant loan, which the country did not need (most of it ends up in the pockets of a few anyway), and the people reacted with their usual: Blocking major highways.Historically, fuel has been heavily subsidized in Ecuador for over 4 decades. In 2019, when the government threatened to end the subsidies, there were violent protests and the government backed down, agreeing to keep them. It was a big deal. More here:Ecuador Reaches Fuel Subsidy Deal To End Violent Protests
Are you saying that within the last 17 months the government has changed this 40 year old "stupid games" program (your words) and fuel prices are now entirely set by the market in Ecuador? If so, bravo on this very recent development.
And natural gas replaced coal, cleaning up the air in the cities. It was filthy before the gas.The internal combustion engine powered automobile.
It allowed major population centers to not have tons and tons of toxic, disease-spreading, maggot-infested horse manure ankle deep on the streets and sidewalks. This made a large reduction in Dysentery, vermin-borne disease,, hygeine, etc. in the world's cities. I believe it reduced the amount of greenhouse gases compared to the previous method of transportation.
I will never go back to gas. Surely charging takes time, but for me it takes no time as at charge time I'm sleeping anyway. It takes only a couple of seconds to plug it in when arriving home. Actually it saves me time as I don't need to go every week to the gas station and fiddle with the pump, a thing I hate to do at -4°F here in Canada. Every morning - the car is ready to go, heated up, warm and cosy, what more do you need?I heard on the news last night that electric car owners are trading them in for gas because of the long charge time.
More here:Was 2020 The Year That EVs Hit it Big? Almost, But Not Quite - Inside Climate NewsElectric cars made up only about 2 percent of new passenger vehicle sales—a figure that has remained static for several years—
Thanks for the update. Congratulations. Hopefully, it sticks.Yes, it is recent.
The price actually dropped a bit lower than it had been with subsidies. After that, they set the price of fuel at cost, no more subsidies, it has risen a little above what it had been, but the gradual increase doesn't bother people.
Hype surrounds an awful lot of stuff and fools a lot of people, especially younger folks who haven't had decades of exposure to it and the subsequent disillusionment once they find out it was nothing more than hype. Real journalism is nearly dead; most so-called "journalists" now largely invent or vastly overstate stuff, or they omit facts crucial to a balanced approach. They get paid for writing stories that attract readers or viewers so their bosses can make advertising revenue, and the lure of money compromises most of them.In the US in 2020, concerning all-electric vehicles:
More here:Was 2020 The Year That EVs Hit it Big? Almost, But Not Quite - Inside Climate News
The buzz about electric cars far exceeds their significance as a mode of actual transportation.
111 Total was stated in the article. With 70 Electric. That means 41 ICE.Wow. 70 electric planes compared to an unknown lesser number of non-electric planes, maybe only two or three. What a historic landmark. How much of this is the US market? Private aviation in Europe has been decimated by government control, so it's really the US market that will make the difference for investors.