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100-Seat Electric Plane Will Be Ready by 2027, Says L.A. Startup

  • U.S. firm plans to retrofit older BAe 146 regional jets
  • Strategy pivot accelerates timeline for commercial service
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An all-electric plane capable of carrying 100 people may be available within six years, significantly accelerating the timeline for the introduction of a non-kerosene powered commercial airliner.

U.S. startup Wright Electric Inc. plans to retrofit electric motors into a BAe 146 regional aircraft originally manufactured by BAE Systems Plc, replacing its four jet engines and transforming it into a zero-emissions model.