It’s Happened! World’s First Fully Electric Aircraft Takes Flight in Canada

The world’s first fully electric commercial aircraft has taken its inaugural test flight, taking off from the Canadian city of Vancouver and flying for 15 minutes.

“This proves that commercial aviation in all-electric form can work,” said Roei Ganzarski, chief executive of Australian engineering firm magniX.

The plane, which was piloted by Harbour Air CEO and founder Greg McDougall, is a six-passenger DHC-2 de Havilland Beaver with a 750-horsepower magni500 electric propulsion system.

MagniX and Harbour Air said they will now begin the certification and approval process for the propulsion system and the retrofitting of aircraft, before installing the all-electric propulsion technology in the rest of the fleet.

Harbour Air Seaplanes hopes to be using the electric-powered planes to carry passengers by 2022.

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