Norway to make all short-haul flights electric by 2040

All short-haul flights in Norway will be entirely electric by 2040, in plans made by the nation's public operator of air transport.

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, according to its chief executive Dag Falk-Petersen. “We think that all flights lasting up to 1.5 hours can be flown by aircraft that are entirely electric,” he told AFP. The announcement confirms Norway’s reputation as a leader in electric power. Last year, energy think tank Energi Norge said it was possible for Norway to become the first country powered by 100 per cent clean electricity. Norway is able to leverage its abundance of rivers and waterfalls to produce the majority of its electricity using hydropower. The Scandinavian nation has also been a pioneer in moving away from fossil fuel-powered vehicles, with politicians suggesting all cars in the country could run on green energy by 2025.

- Independent -
31. 1. 2018