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Norway Will Make All Short-Haul Flights Electric By 2040

Saturday January 20, 2018. 01:30 AM , from Slashdot
Norway's public operator of air transport plans to make all short-haul flights in the country entirely electric by 2040. 'State-owned Avinor, which operates most of Norway's civil airports, is aiming to be the 'first in the world' to switch to electric air transport,' reports The Independent. From the report: 'We think that all flights lasting up to 1.5 hours can be flown by aircraft that are entirely electric,' chief executive Dag Falk-Petersen told AFP. The announcement confirms Norway's reputation as a leader in electric power. In a 2017 report, Avinor announced that in cooperation with the Norwegian Sports Aviation Association and major airlines, it had set up a development project for electric aircraft. Avinor said it had 'called for Norway to be established as a test arena and innovation center for the development of electric aircraft.' Avinor intends to reduce aircraft greenhouse gas emissions in the short term by phasing in biofuels in the coming years, and then build on these reductions by phasing in electric planes.

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