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Shamed for Burning Kerosene, Aviation World Seeks Greener Skies

Eviation's 'Alice' electric aircraft cockpit at Le Bourget.
Eviation's 'Alice' electric aircraft cockpit at Le Bourget.Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Tucked away among the more conventional passenger and military planes on display at the Paris Air Show sits a little nine-passenger aircraft offering a glimpse into the future.

The all-electric prototype developed by Israeli venture capital-backed Eviation Aircraft Ltd. was shipped to the biennial exhibit in pieces because it’s never been flown before. Yet the battery-powered aircraft called the Alice snagged its first customer, Cape Air, and is aiming for commercial flights in about three years.