It does not receive public funding Editor in chief: CLARA MOSCHINI
First electric aircraft ordered by Norway; delivery in 2018 and used for demonstration purposes
Oslo, Norway - The Norwegian Air Sports Federation and Avinor band together to buy it
Electric aircraft represent completely new opportunities for air travel and several international manufacturers are currently working hard on developing their offering in this field. The first commercial routes using electric aircraft are expected before 2030, and hopefully Norway will be its testing ground.
Avinor is working to ensure that Norway takes a role at an international level when it comes to electric aircraft, and is collaborating with partners in the aviation industry on a development and innovation project for electric aircraft. The aim is for Norway to become the first market in which electric aircraft represent a significant share of the market. The project is backed by the Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications, and ZERO, Widerøe and SAS are also supporting the project designed to bring Norway's first electric aircraft to the country.
The aircraft that Avinor and the Norwegian Air Sports Federation have ordered comes from one of Europe's largest airplane manufacturers — Pipistrel in Slovenia. The Alpha Electro G2 is the first electric two-seater plane to be approved for commercial series production. The range is approximately 130km and the aircraft can remain airborne for about 1 hour per charging. The aircraft will be delivered in May 2018.
CEO Day Falk-Petersen is also a certified pilot and has invited Minister for Transport and Communications Ketil Solvik-Olsen to join him on the first flight as soon as the aircraft arrives in Norway.