First electric plane gets wings in China


BEIJING: The world’s first electric passenger aircraft to gain an airworthiness certificate has been produced by China, its official media arm reported.

The BX1E has a 14.5-meter wingspan and a maximum payload of 230 kgs. It can fly at an altitude of 3,000 meters.

The electric aircraft can charge fully within two hours, allowing a flight time of 45 minutes to one hour, at a maximum speed of 160 km per hour.

The plane was designed by Shenyang Aerospace University and Liaoning general aviation academy in the northeastern Liaoning Province. The first two aircrafts were delivered to Liaoning Ruixiang General Aviation Co. Ltd on Thursday.

The aircraft can be used in pilot training, tourism, meteorology and rescue operations. Each BX1E aircraft costs about one million yuan (USD 163,000). The number of orders has already reached 28, the media reported.

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