EasyJet and Wright Electric built commercial electric plane

EasyJet and Wright Electric collaborated to develop an electric commercial airliner within a decade. The low-cost airline headquartered in Luton and the US-based aircraft startup founded last year by a team of engineers and battery chemists announced partnership in designing electric plane for range of 335 miles (539 kilometers).

Tinuku EasyJet and Wright Electric built commercial electric plane

EasyJet said the collaboration will build the technology of electric-powered aircraft and Wright Electric has been working with EasyJet this year to increase its commercial proportions. The technology allows fuel savings that have been dominating the greatest cost of short-haul flights.

EasyJet's average flight time of less than two hours and battery-powered aircraft will not make a problem in business in general. In addition to saving fuel costs, electric aircraft will also reduce emissions and noise that has been angering residents around the airport.

"As we have seen in the automotive industry, the aviation industry will look for electrical technology for business savings and environmental impacts," said EasyJet CEO Carolyn McCall.

"For the first time, we imagine the future of jets without fossil fuels and we are excited to be part of it. Now more focus is when short-haul planes will fly," said McCall.

Wright Electric's CEO Jeffrey Engler said the company has received financial support from Massachusetts, Harvard University and Y Combinator who have been instrumental in growing companies including AirBnB and Dropbox.