World's first electric plane approved for flight in Switzerland
The world’s first electric airplane has won approval to fly in Switzerland.
With a maximum flight duration of 50 minutes, the Velis Electro will primarily be use as a training aircraft.
It’s very small, at just 60kg, and doesn’t emit any emissions.
Power for the aircraft comes from two lithium-ion batteries, and an electric motor.
Experts say the plane can hardly be heard from the ground and the future use of electric aircraft could significantly reduce noise pollution.
It’s been approved by the Federal Office for Aviation in Basel, alongside French aviation safety authorities.
It’s hoped 14 such e-planes could be brought into operation and used by flight schools across the country.