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Electric takes to the Air

Electric Power has been used in the auto industry almost since it's inception. But, it was not until the turn of the millennium that it became a common element in the day to day personal transport commodity known as the automobile. In just over a decade the number of electric cars on the road has grown in leaps and bounds and is expected to reach 3.8 million on the road by 2016. Even motorcycles are going electric with some very ingenious solutions to the problems of weight and power. Lighter more powerful electric motors, lighter materials for frames and wheels, some unique battery chemistry. Even a battery that is environmentally friendly and landfill approved.

Now electric power in the air has been limited to model radio control and here it has grabbed a strong hold on the market. Even helicopters, that are the power hogs of the aviation world, have successfully been electrified. When you think that a decade ago the only viable electric helicopter was the Kalt Whisper, an underpowered little bird with limited performance. Today helicopters like the upcoming Synergy E7 and E6 have motor output that rival the most powerful nitro burning engines.

But what about full scale. Well now we have electric private airplanes coming down the pike that promise economical, environmentally friendly, electric powered flight. PC-Aero in Germany has demonstrated an all electric single seat aircraft with a zero carbon footprint when used in conjunction with its solar powered charging hanger. The plane, called "Elektra One", has a top speed of about 100 miles per hour and a range of about 250 miles. With a projected price of about $140,000 with the hanger, this may be the start of the next phase of electric power replacing fossil fuels!

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