SeaPlane to ePlane: Harbour Air goes green
Harbour Air is about to make aviation history.
The airline is partnering with magniX, a Washingon State company that builds electric engines, to install a 750-horsepower all-electric motor into a 6-seat DHC-2 de Havilland Beaver.
The founder and CEO of Harbour Air, Greg Greg McDougall, says it will be the first aircraft to be powered by electric propulsion.
Test flights are expected in late Fall 2019.
The aviation industry carbon emissions is 4.9 percent globally.
A Harbour Air ePlane will have zero reliance on fossil fuels and produce zero emissions. The long term goal is to install electric engines in all 42 aircraft in the fleet.
The seaplane company operates on a dozne routes, including from Victoria Harbour, carrying more than 500,000 passengers on 30,000 flights annually.