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This article was published on March 9, 2020

Norway pushes to electrify all domestic flights by 2040

It could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80%

Norway pushes to electrify all domestic flights by 2040

Those that live in the most northern part of Norway could see electric planes in the skies in the next 10 years.

A report from state-owned Norwegian airport operator Avinor and the country’s Civil Aviation Authority published this month, says electric planes could be a boon to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and tackling climate change, The Barents Observer reports.

[Read: Want to take your partner on a romantic EV road trip? Head to Norway]

Electric planes, Norway, 2030, soon, commercial, domestic
Credit: Avinor
There are 16 airports within 350 km of Northern Norway’s central city, Alta.

In the Northern most section of the country, there are 16 airports within 217 miles (350 km) of Alta, a central airport hub. There are popular regular trips between these airports, as flights are far quicker and far more direct compared to driving.

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For example, driving from Andenes to Alta would take more than 10 hours, and involve a lot of difficult and convoluted driving, according to Google Maps. On the other hand, a flight takes about 90 minutes.

Northern Norway, driving, flying, electric
Credit: Google Maps
Driving in Northern Norway is kind of difficult, and routes aren’t always that direct.

Lofty ambitions

Norway’s aviation authorities goals are clear. It wants to successfully complete its first fully electric domestic flight by 2030.

By 2040, it wants all civil domestic aviation in Norway to be electric. If this pans out, it says greenhouse gas emissions will be cut by 80% compared with 2020.

The types of planes that will do these short haul, domestic flights are quite different to what you’d be used to when travelling around continental Europe.

The report highlights a number of potential aircraft that could be used by Norway — the largest has just 19 seats.

One potential choice cited in the report could be Alice. Alice is a nine-seater, fully electric commuter plane from Israeli Eviation that was launched earlier this year. The company claims it can travel around 650 miles (1,046 km) on a full charge.

Alice, plane, electric, commuter, eviation
Credit: Eviation
Alice, a fully electric commuter plan from Israeli Eviation

Commercial aircraft makers, such as Airbus, are developing larger planes but those plan to use hybrid propulsion systems. Airbus’ hybrid E-Fan X uses conventional jet engines alongside electric motors and batteries for power. The E-Fan X is expected to take its first flight next year.

Norway is certainly at the forefront of the electric mobility revolution. The country has one of the best electric vehicle charging networks in Europe and Tesla’s are proving popular.

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