Within the next ten years, EasyJet is planning to use plug-in hybrid planes on its flights between Amsterdam and several different airports in London. To achieve this very lofty goal, the airline is working with Airbus and Wright Electric to create a hybrid plane offering space for 150 flyers or more. Wright Electric already successfully developed a two-seater electric plane in the past.
The targeted maximum range for the plane would be around 335 miles, which means that those traveling from London to places like Vienna, Rome or Berlin are likely able to fly on an electric plane in the future. Not only is the plan to have semi-electric planes in the air by 2030, but also the airline wants the hybrid plane to taxi electrically.
Several engineering companies are already working on building semi-electric planes that should be able to carry up to 20 passengers. Electric-only planes that can carry a sizeable number of passengers on short-haul flights probably won't be feasible until after 2030. The huge challenge is improving battery capacity for larger planes. Many experts feel that the future will be hybrid planes that are able to both taxi and fly electrically, but also use jet fuel and biofuel.
Not all airlines aren't convinced that electric planes are currently feasible. For KLM, they are an interesting but unfeasible option. While the airline would like to use electric planes in the near future, it isn't confident that electric-only planes are going to be in the skies anytime soon. KLM is more focused on developing more energy efficient aircraft for the future. EasyJet, on the other hand, is optimistic that it will use electric planes by 2030.