A new US start-up, Wright Electric, has revealed plans for an electric 150-seat narrowbody airliner that, it says, could perform short-haul flights in the next ten years.
The aircraft, called 'Wright One' would use modular swappable battery packs and be either fully electric or hybrid electric, depending on the advances in power storage. The company, founded a year ago, is working with ESAero which has already studied an ECO-150R airliner concept for NASA. UK low-cost carrier easyJet has also expressed an interest in the concept. Wright Electric's aim is to make all short-haul flights electric within 20 years.