Introducing the Volta Volare GT4, the world’s first production-ready electric plane. Based on a standard airframe, this aircraft “runs on a hybrid powertrain similar to the one in the Chevrolet Volt, with batteries plus a backup gasoline engine.” No word yet on pricing or availability. Since there is no video of the Volta Volare GT4…yet, continue reading to see another, non-production-ready electric airplane.
An electric plane could be significantly less expensive to operate than a conventional aircraft. A 200-mile electric-powered flight in a single-engine personal plane would consume about $20 of electricity, compared with about $80 worth of aviation-grade gasoline, and an electric motor has only one moving part, so it would be largely maintenance-free.