Urban electric air mobility has taken to the skies with fury, so more airports are taking a closer look at the future of electric air mobility. What was once thought of as something that could only happen in 20 years has already been making great strides the past two years. The Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR) believes in the future of electric aviation so much and is so eager to contribute to the cause that it opened its research facility in Marknesse, Netherlands, to help develop the future of electric mobility.
NLR Opens The Netherlands Aerospace Centre To Further Electric Flight
The NLR is putting its money where its mouth is by unveiling the Pipistrel Alpha Electro electric airplane (e-plane) at its new facility. In fact, NLR chose the Pipistrel as its research aircraft for its new Living Lab for Electric Flight.
Auditing and consultancy firm NLR teamed up with PwC, which helped with the purchase of the electric Pipistrel aircraft, part of its circular and CO2-neutral business model due by 2030. By monetizing its CO2 emissions since 2017, presumably, PwC can use this budget to reduce and offset emissions.
The press release describes in details how Netherlands Aerospace Centre will use its new research offices and electric Pipistrel to help research and developmont of the budding new electric aircraft mobility sector with its new Living Lab for Electric Flight.
After Scandinavian Countries, The Netherlands Aerospace Centre Embraces Electric Aviation
In coordination with the facility launch, NLR and PwC hosted a “mini-symposium” titled “Electric flight in 2050: dream or opportunities for the Netherlands?” Jeff Engler, CEO of LA-based startup Wright Electric, contributed by sharing his thoughts on the Netherlands Aerospace Centre and the future of the electric aviation in the country.
If you recall, Wright Electric entered into cooperation with easyJet with the ambition to develop an electric aircraft capable of operating flights of about 540 kilometers while carrying 150 passengers, such as between European capitals like Amsterdam and London. Jeff believes this will be achievable within 10 to 20 years.
The Netherlands Aerospace Centre also showed other sustainable transportation models, such as the Delft Hyperloop, Solar Car Twente, and Ehang of KPN.
Another win for the final frontier of electric vehicles.