World’s first commercial electric airplane to be tested in Vancouver

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We have to hand it to them because the folks at Harbour Air have made good on their promise to test out the world’s first commercial electric airplane. The company first announced the move earlier this year, and they’re now just about ready to get their first one off the ground.

Harbour Air also claims to be the world’s largest and first carbon-neutral airline. However, they’re committed to being at the forefront of airline innovation, and so the move towards an electric fleet is one they’re working feverishly towards.

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As for the plane itself, Harbour Air has chosen one of their Beaver seaplanes. They’ve retrofitted it with a 750hp motor courtesy of magniX, their partner company for the move. As it currently stands, Harbour Air hopes to see a test-run at the Vancouver Airport on December 11. However, don’t expect a full fleet of electric planes anytime soon, since it will take several years to fully update the fleet.

We’ll keep you updated on how the flight goes! In the meantime, stay up to date on the world’s first commercial electric airplane via their website.

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