Worlds First Certified Electric Plane
Canada has received the world's first and only certified electric plane. The Velis Electro, built by the Slovenian company Pipistrel, is the world's only type-certified all-electric airplane. The Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Aeronautics at the University of Waterloo, along with its partner, the Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre, will test and research the plane in the hopes of receiving Transport Canada certification so it can be flown in Canada.
Once certified, the Velis Electro will be able to fly short distances, such as from Toronto to Hamilton. Parker explained that the plane's range is determined by several factors.
The plane has two batteries, one in front to replace the motor and one in back to replace the cargo. Having two batteries increases safety because if one fails, you can continue to fly with the other. In addition, you normally plan to land when the battery has 30% charge remaining.
The plane cost around $300,000 to build (including fees for shipping) While the initial costs may appear high, Parker believes the technology will pay off in the long run.
This is exciting news for Canada as they have made plans for the aviation sector to reach net-zero by 2050. Although this is a tall ask, a strong and encouraging step in the right direction has been taken.