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The All-Electric…Airplane?

All Electric Airplane by GreenWing InternationalIf you’ve ever thought about owning your own airplane but figured it would be way out of your price range, there’s still hope! GreenWing International has just released the pricing details for its latest plane, the eSpyder. The 32 horsepower electric motor airplane is available in kit form and can be purchased for just under the modest price of $40,000. Fortunately, with the eSpyder aircraft, you won’t have to worry about the ever-rising gas prices, but don’t expect to be able to travel too far with it, either.

The eSpyder is a rather compact plane measuring 19.4 feet long, 7.9 feet high, and has a 33.1 foot wingspan. Unencumbered, the plane weighs about 410 pounds. Instead of relying on expensive fossil fuels for power, the eSpyder has a 13 kWh lithium battery that provides a flight time between 60 and 90 minutes per charge. Charging the battery takes about 2 to 3 hours. It can reach speeds up to nearly 70 mph but will be the most efficient at its economy speed of 38 mph.

As it stands, only 25 of the kits will be sold in the United States until it is determined that the demand for them will increase. These planes are certified for aviation use under Germany’s Ultralight Association, which is the first time an all-electric airplane has been certified, but they are currently not certified for use in the United States. This is the reason they can only be sold in kit form.

If these planes do become certified, they could potentially revolutionize the way we travel. The benefits to people living on islands like Martha’s Vineyard could be far reaching; giving them the ability to travel to the mainland and back without waiting and paying for ferries.

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Image courtesy of GreenWing International

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