Peak Emissions by 2020? A Possible Dream
April 19, 2017
Above, Christiana Figures, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, on the prospect of peaking global emissions by 2020.
Emissions globally have flattened over the last 3 years even as global GDP has grown.
Seattle-based startup Zunum Aero has received funding from Boeing HorizonX and JetBlue Technology Ventures toward making its dream of electrified air travel a reality.
Sometimes billed as the Tesla of the airplane industry, Zunum is developing a relatively small regional aircraft with about 700 miles of range. A 1,000-mile range will be attainable by 2030, it says.
The as-yet-unnamed aircraft will hold between 10 and 50 passengers, depending on how it’s configured, the company says.
Zunum’s jet will primarily run on batteries, so it promises to make air travel quieter for passengers and those who live under flight paths.
Noise-free take-offs will open up the possibility of scheduling more flights overnight.
A fuel-burning range-extender will turn on only when additional electricity is needed, according to the company’s official website. Ultimately, Zunum plans on building a regional jet that runs exclusively on electricity.