In the wake of the automotive electric revolution, the sky appears to be the next frontier. A segment once earmarked for futuristic sci-fi flicks, air taxis and electric flying cars are rapidly transitioning from fantasy to reality. As metropolises sprawl and urban traffic congestion worsens, the push for novel transit solutions intensifies.
Flying cars, also known as vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicles, have long been a staple of science fiction and a dream for many people. The idea of being able to simply step into a vehicle and take to the skies has tantalized the imaginations of people for decades. In recent years, however, the development of flying cars has moved from the realm of science fiction to the realm of possibility, as technological advances have made it increasingly feasible to build and operate such vehicles.
Airbus and CFM International have agreed to jointly produce a hydrogen propulsion technology demonstrator for testing the very first A380, production serial MSN001. The aim of the project is to test the technology for ZeroE aircraft, initially on the ground and then in flight. The first ZeroE aircraft are scheduled to enter service by 2035.
When will we be able to board a plane with a clear conscience about the environmental impact of our journey? Aviation is responsible for 2.8% of global carbon emissions. According to the CNN article, many airlines have already vowed to create a future of carbon-neutral aviation, and the first electric planes have already been built, if only in the short term.