Electric Flights Are Coming: Engineers Unveil a 150-Seat Battery-Powered Plane
“Y Combinator’s Demo Day is a time when startups get to present their ideas to investors, an audience that can actually fund these big dreams. In a gathering of people with so many smart ideas, there’s bound to be some that are more futuristic than others. Or better still, some ideas soar above the rest — literally, in the case of Wright Electric.
At the second day of Demo Day W17, this one-year-old startup presented a bold idea that can change future of passenger planes. “This is one of best hard tech teams I’ve seen” said Michael Seibel, who heads Y Combinator’s accelerator program, in an interview with TechCrunch.
Wright Electric’s idea is for a commercial passenger airplane that’s battery-powered. Designed for flights under 480 km (300 miles), the electric plane can seat 150 people and is designed to disrupt the Boeing 737 market. To put its design on the air, Wright Electric has partnered with budget British airline EasyJet. It also hired a team that had been previously funded by NASA to figure out just how possible electric planes are. Working with all these people has put Wright Electric ahead of its competition, according to co-founder Jeff Engler…”
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