• So far manned electric planes have only made short test-flights at air-shows or loops of airfields, but the E-Fan aims to be the first to cross the sea to another country, travelling 22 miles from England to France.
  • If successful, the feat could herald a new era of electric aviation where passengers need no longer worry about their carbon footprint and those under flight paths can live in relative quiet.
  • The E-Fan is so light that it costs just £10 an hour to run compared with £35 for a similar sized piston-engine petrol-powered plane. It is made completely of carbon fibre and can cruise at nearly 100mph for up to an hour before changing batteries. And if it gets into trouble it can deploy its own parachute and float gently down to the ground.

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