Drive American

Published on Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Largest ever all-electric plane completes landmark test flight

While the Covid-19 continues to ravages commercial airline, a small commuter airline has been quietly notching a milestone for the industry.

Last week Harbour Air completed its first full-length demonstration flight in the world's largest all-electric aircraft.

The retro-fitted Cessna 208B Grand Caravan completed a full 28-minute flight over Washington state.

The plane is fitted with a battery-powered electric engine made by Seattle based magniX.

The 30 minutes' capability for battery-powered continuous flight is enough for about 100 miles at normal cruising speed.

Last year Vancouver-based Harbour Air completed an all-electric test flight of a smaller float plane, which lasted just a few minutes.

The Cessna 208B was in the air for nearly three times as long and marks another important milestone as the largest 'e-plane' yet.

Harbour Air hopes to retrofit all its planes with 750hp magni500 electric powered engines.

The airline operates short commuter flights across the Pacific Northwest.

Story Image

Your Comments

, be the first to post a comment.
Your email:

Email other comments made to this story

NOTE: Comments are subject to admin approval before being posted.
Mole Poll
'WTM London abandons plans for live 2020 event' - Will Covid prove the end for WTM ?
No 50.41 %
Yes 49.59 %

Thank you for your vote

What is GoodtoGo?

Submit your news
or special offer

Current UK Special Edition

Current US Special Edition

Current Asia/Pacific Special Edition


Air Transat are 'over ready' for take off as long as the governments act fast

Craig and Andy of Flexireps explain the range of services they offer and to whom

Visit Brighton launch new 'Never Normal' campaign and look to a post Covid world

PATA UK Chapter Chairman talks about 2021 as the start of the come back for the region