The Paris Air Show was conducted during the last week, putting the latest and greatest aviation technology on show for all to see. Among many of the surprising announcements and demonstrations were experimental electric motors for planes.
We all know about the auto industry’s attempt at mainstreaming electric motors in order to save energy, but do we really want electric motors in our planes? The ones on display had nothing to do with actually flying the plane. They consisted of two 50 kVA motors between the plane’s wheels that allow it to land and take off without using its main engines.