Electric Airplane Takes First Flight

Alice, the commuter aircraft designed by the start-up Eviation, has soared to 3,500 feet in successful test in US. The plane was built to carry nine passengers and two pilots and took off from Moses Lake, Washington, at 7:10 a.m. Tuesday. The plane reached an altitude of 3,500 feet (1,066 meters) and landed eight minutes later. The company’s goal is to show such electric planes are viable as commuter aircraft for regional travel, flying at an altitude of about 15,000 feet (4,572 meters).

The plane, designed by engineers in Israel and Washington state, is powered by 21,500 small Tesla-style battery cells that weigh over 4 tons. Eviation founder Omer Bar-Yohav hailed the plane as a “new age of aviation” in an interview with The Times of Israel last year.

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