05 Apr '17, 12pm

Zunum Aero, an Electric Airplane Startup Backed by Boeing and JetBlue Ventures, Unstealths

Elon Musk often says he thinks all transportation will go electric, with the exception of rocket ships. Will it one day be commonplace to take electric airline flights? A startup called Zunum Aero hopes so. On Wednesday the company -- founded in 2013 and based in Kirkland, Washington -- is talking about its plans for the first time. The company has a goal to build an electric hybrid aircraft in the early 2020s, and its first prototype within the next two years. Co-founder and CEO Ashish Kumar says electric air transportation is a potential “economic disruption.” Why? Because the costs of the batteries that could propel planes is quickly dropping, while regional airliners are spending large sums on using jet fuel to fly short-range trips. Zunum Aero wants to target those shorter hauls, like Silicon Valley to Los Angeles, or Boston to Washington, D.C., with its battery-power...

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