A full-size electric plane

August 2019—When George Monbiot wrote Heat to envision how we might achieve a 90 percent reduction in greenhouse gases without destroying our quality of life, using existing technologies, there was one industry he couldn’t solve: air travel. But at the Paris Air Show, a full sized electric plane was debuted.

Billed as the world's first full-sized, all-electric aircraft, the Israeli-made Alice is designed to fly up to 650 miles at a cruising speed of 240 knots (276 mph) while producing zero emissions, potentially making it the world’s most eco-friendly city-hopper. Eviation Aircraft also claims it will have 70% fewer running costs than conventional jets, thanks to a propulsion system that relies on three electric motors and a 3,500kg battery.