What’s New in Electric Airplanes? – Futureq YT Playlist

At Aero in Friedrichshafen, Germany in April, one full exhibition hall was loaded with electric airplanes and related technology. In this week’s AVweb video, Paul Bertorelli takes a look at some of the new stuff on display.

Videos curated by pgnewser.com


  1. I'm thinking or perhaps imagining, that if they cover the airplane exterior with those light weight solar panels to recharge the batteries while in flight, it could actually stay in the air for ever

  2. I'm optimistic that small to medium size hybrid/electric planes will be the future of regional travel but no one I talk to thinks it'll work because of government regulation.

  3. I might be interested in being a student pilot again. But I do weigh 200 lbs (90kg). My instructor might also be the same weight. Is that too heavy with an electrical engine? Maybe my instructor can be a computer instead of a real person. Ha.

  4. Creative destruction is often the name of the game, so the more players the better. The inventor or entrepreneur that will finally make it work probably isn't out of grade school yet.

  5. It's good to see they are improving the technology, we will see more and more options, for now small quadcopters for short range travel is one of the possibilities, for long range not so much with the battery tech we got now.

  6. a smallish gas turbine engine that harvests the jet exhaust + hi- frequency electric power to charge or to use directly  is probably the best idea , until power storage catches up with chemical storage ,  like  gas or diesel fuel , still the densest power storage

  7. "What's New in Electric Airplanes?"
    It will likely take several decades, if ever, before viable electric planes are in use.
    Anyone who believes otherwise is a moron.
    Donald Trump 2020"

  8. IMO the largest potential of hybrid power trains is on the possibility to reduce weight while increasing maximum power.
    This could be accomplished do to the fact that powerful electric motors are not heavy, and the fact that the high weight of batteries comes when you try to get long ranges, however the do have much higher power density potential (do not confuse with energy density), while cruise power can be provided by a small, lightweight and optimized engine generator.

    In other words, its very light to get a lot of power (again, not energy) with electric, but combustion still has the energy (aka long range) advantage.

    So, in practice , imagine any aircraft, put a X HP electric motor on it, and have batteries capable of delivering 3/4 of this power for about 5 minutes and a small engine with just enough horsepower for cruise speed generating the remaining 1/4.

    So now you can have 4 times cruise power on take off, theoretically increasing the MTOW and the climb rate for a short time, while keeping the weight of the aircraft comparable to one with much less power. Then if the generator engine is more efficient than a larger engine you should be able to fly for longer on the same amount of fuel.

    Also the handling of additional torque and thrust could be solved by distributing power with multiple electric motors.

    TLDR: It's like JATO, but electric.

  9. 11:22, the R&D project is a great approach; develop the technology and see where it leads.
    While some of this is pie-in-the-sky (every pun intended), I’m amazed that an electric two seater/trainer can fly for 45 min to an hour. Won’t suffice for cross country flights, but that’s plenty for pattern work and take-offs/landings. I never thought we would even see an electric plane capable of that. Who knows what we’ll see next.

  10. I can understand Hybrids in cars, they use power to accelerate, then brakes to slow down, the slowing down process generates electricity from the inertia, but planes dont speed up and slow down constant,
    Isnt using the petrol engine as a generator to power a electric motor more inefficient than running the prop itself ? im saying yes as there will be noise and heat so all that energy is wasted, plus all the extra carrying capacity

  11. Pilot, Electrical C-10 Solar Contractor and Inspector since 95. The new battery technology was promised to me back in, let's say 97. Still, in 2019, batteries are extremely polluting to manufacture, heavy, and expensive. Shhhhh… don't tell anyone that we ship polluting battery (LOL accumulator ) manufacture to China where they can pollute without penalty. Shhhh… don't worry about all that CO2, it stays in Chinese airspace….
    The "Energy Index" for E cars is very similar thru out lifetime to a natural gas vehicle, expect the same with E-planes.
    Folks, let's be honest, this is literally "Pie in the Sky" progressive BS., all based on the false assumption that we are going to die from climate change in 10 years.(More political nonsense and pseudo science propaganda).
    Notice no mention of Gross weight, range, price, etc Progressive ostriches (that can't fly BTW) just continue to stick their heads in the sand, obfuscate and conflate the real issues.

  12. I know this focused mainly on engines but it's mainly new battery technology that's slowly closing the gap between the energy/weight ratio currently provided by combustible fuel.

  13. many helicopter flights are short, so i think we will see electric copters first, then training planes, with lots of fiddling, once we have one more double of battery capacity per weight, then electrics will take over almost instantly.

  14. Battery technology is very close to its peak I’m sorry but the energy density of batteries is reaching its limit where they’re safe. Imagine a lithium fire at 8000 feet, you thought a fuel line and some rubber was bad try a fire that get hundreds of times more intense when exposed to the water in the air after the battery crystallizes and shorts out. We are many years away from electric airplanes being able to go toe to toe with a 172, bonanza, Barron, super cub

  15. Unless someone comes up with a battery that has ten times the capacity with 1/10th of the weight and can be charged in 5 minutes, electric aircraft will never be practical.

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