In the Canadian city of Richmond, the airline Air Harbor made a first flight on Tuesday with a completely electrically powered aircraft, the company reports.
The converted DHC-2 de Havilland Beaver, a seaplane with space for six passengers, made a three-minute flight in the port of Richmond, making it the first commercial aircraft ever to fly on electricity.
The ePlane is a 62-year-old device that is equipped with an electric motor that can provide 750 horsepower. This allows the aircraft to stay around 150 kilometers in the air before the battery needs to be recharged.
"Today we have made history," said Harbor Air director Greg McDougall, who operated the aircraft himself. Together with the American engine manufacturer magniX who developed the electric motor, he is now requesting the correct certificates to make more of his aircraft electric.
The airline Air Harbor only has seaplanes in its fleet and provides relatively short scheduled flights and tourist trips in the wetlands in southwestern Canada.
Today, we made history. Launching the world's first electric commercial aircraft retrofitted with a 750 horsepower all-electric magni500 propulsion system. Thank you to our amazing maintenance team and our partners at @MagniX for all your efforts! Together, we did it! 👏 #ePlaneAvatar