10 Feb '12, 8am

Love this story from easyJet - electric planes (kind of)

Low-cost airline easyJet is to trial a new electric taxi-ing system that could deliver significant fuel and carbon emissions savings by removing the need for aircraft to use their engines when manoeuvring in and out of airport stands. EasyJet says its aircraft average 20 minutes of taxi time per flight, travelling around 3.5 million miles a year and accounting for about four per cent of the airline's annual fuel consumption. FURTHER READING Europcar charges up Nissan LEAF in London and Paris Indian bid to cut aviation emissions set for takeoff However, the electric green taxi-ing system (EGTS) means pilots can turn off the engine and use an auxiliary power unit (APU) generator to power motors in the main wheels instead. The first trials of the system are set to take place next year and if the estimated savings can be realised, Honeywell and Safran, which jointly developed ...

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