https://www.greencarcongress.com/2019/03/20190326-ha.htmlHarbour Air and magniX partner to build world’s first all-electric airline; seaplanes to ePlanes
Electric aviation technology company magniX and Harbour Air, North America’s largest seaplane airline, announced a partnership to transform Harbour Air seaplanes into an all-electric commercial fleet powered by the magni500, a 560 kW (751 shp) all-electric motor that delivers 2,814 N·m of torque.
Operating 12 routes between hubs such as Seattle and Vancouver and across the Pacific Northwest, Harbour Air welcomes more than 500,000 passengers on 30,000 commercial flights each year. Through this partnership, both companies are furthering the vision to someday connect communities with clean, efficient and affordable electric air travel. . . .
The aviation industry currently contributes 12% of all US carbon emissions and 4.9% globally, all while providing few low-cost, fuel-efficient options for passenger flights under 1,000 miles. By modifying existing Harbour Air planes with all-electric magniX propulsion systems, the partnership will create the world’s first completely electric commercial seaplane fleet. A Harbour Air ePlane will have zero reliance on fossil fuels and produce zero emissions.
In 2018, 75% of worldwide airline flights were 1,000 miles or less in range. With magniX’s new propulsion systems coupled with emerging battery capabilities, we see tremendous potential for electric aviation to transform this heavily trafficked ‘middle mile’ range. We’re excited to partner with Harbour Air, a forward thinking, like-minded company that is dedicated to bringing environmentally conscious, cost effective air-transport solutions to the West Coast of North America. This partnership will set the standard for the future of commercial aviation operators.. . .
—Roei Ganzarski, CEO of magniX
The first aircraft to be converted will be the DHC-2 de Havilland Beaver, a six-passenger commercial aircraft used across Harbour Air’s route network. Harbour Air and magniX expect to conduct first flight tests of the all-electric aircraft in late 2019. . . .
They offer lots of short air tours and puddle jump flights, so this may well work for those. I doubt there's any way at the moment they can do flights over an hour if using batteries as indicated for energy storage. Fuel cells might be able to boost that up to say 4-500 mile radius.
https://insideevs.com/taxis-ioslo-electric-wirelessly-fast-charged/Taxis In Oslo Will Be Electric & Wirelessly Fast Charged
Fast wireless charging of taxis at 75 kW
Fortum, an energy company and operator of a charging network, together with the City of Oslo and the American company Momentum Dynamics, intends to build a wireless fast-charging infrastructure for taxis.
Fortum Charge & Drive has long been working with the taxi industry to enable electrification of the taxi fleet. The greatest hurdle has proved to be the infrastructure: It is too time consuming for taxi drivers to find a charger, plug in and then wait for the car to charge. The wireless fast-charging project aims to solve these issues and thereby reduce climate emissions from the taxi sector – not only in Norway, but in the entire world.”
The proposition for Oslo is 75 kW wireless fast charging stations where the taxis are parked. The first is to be installed at the Oslo Central Station.
The plan is to have only zero-emission taxis in Oslo by 2023 and who knows, maybe also wirelessly charged if the pilot project succeeds. . . .
While the overall idea of wireless charging of taxis sounds great, the only remaining question is about the health of the drivers, who in contrast to wireless home charging, stays in the vehicle, where he/she is in close proximity to at least a few percent of energy is emitted as a losses of wireless energy transfer. Example 5% out of 75 kW would be nearly 4 kW. Exposure for an hour or two every workday is at least worth a double check. . . .