Sirius Aviation, hailing from Switzerland, is at the forefront of integrating fuel cell technology into electric eVTOLs, aiming for maximal ecological sustainability. The company promises that these aircraft will operate without any emissions and minimize environmental impact during their operation, while also delivering exceptional comfort and impressive travel range.
Universal Hydrogen, an American start-up, has successfully conducted a test flight of its hydrogen fuel cell-powered De Havilland Canada Dash 8-300 aircraft, named “Lightning McClean.” The aircraft took off from Grant County International Airport near Moses Lake and reached an altitude of 1,000 meters during the 15-minute test flight.
The hydrogen-powered aircraft, with no emissions, are expected to commence flying to European locations from airports near Rotterdam and The Hague as early as 2024. The flights will be operated in collaboration with aircraft maker ZeroAvia, Shell, and the airports of Rotterdam The Hague and Rotterdam The Hague Innovation.
Several months ago, Rolls-Royce and easyJet announced their partnership on the H2ZERO project, which aims to create a hydrogen-based propulsion system for aircraft. The goal of this project is to develop environmentally friendly, zero-emission transportation options in the aviation industry.
The French company Maca Flight promises series production of the aircraft with artificial intelligence by 2023. All the signs are that we are getting closer and closer to the age of flying cars, with one company after another emerging to bring this characteristic element of science fiction closer to reality.
The plane is still only a concept, but if it becomes a reality, 279 passengers will be able to fly from London to San Francisco without refuelling, and with zero emissions.