Electric aircraft prototype takes off on maiden flight

The prototype flight took place at Moses Lake early this morning.

MOSES LAKE, Wash. — A prototype all-electric aircraft completed its first flight in central Washington state on Tuesday morning.

The Seattle Times reports that when the Federal Aviation Administration finally certifies the small plane to carry passengers, it could become the first all-electric airliner.

The plane, built by startup Eviation, was designed to seat nine passengers and up to two pilots and took off from Moses Lake, Washington at 7:10 a.m. Tuesday. The plane landed eight minutes later.

The company’s goal is to demonstrate that such electric aircraft can fly as commuter aircraft at an altitude of approximately 15,000 feet (4,572 meters).

Designed by engineers in Washington State and Israel, the plane will be powered by 21,500 small Tesla-style battery cells.

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