Norway plans to purchase battery-powered Aircrafts in coming years

Norway plans to purchase battery-powered Aircrafts in coming years

At a recently-held aviation conference in Oslo, Avinor head Dag Falk-Pedersen told reporters that Norway is mulling the purchase of electric (battery-powered) airplanes in the coming years.

This disclosure by the head of Avinor -- a Norwegian State firm running 45 airports in the country -- implies that Norway is committed to electric passenger planes, in an evident effort to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and decelerate climate change. The country, the largest oil and gas producer in Western Europe, had recorded 3 percent higher greenhouse gas emissions in 2016 as compared to its 1990 levels.

Falk-Pedersen’s statement about Norway’s plans to buy battery-powered passenger plans indicates that the country is looking to mimic the stupendous success it has already achieved with electric cars. Due to huge tax breaks, Norway holds the top position in terms of sales of electric cars in the world; with more than 50% of the new cars sold in the country in 2017 being electric or hybrid vehicles.

With Falk-Pedersen having revealed that Norway is interested in buying electric passenger aircrafts, it is evident that Airbus, Boeing and other airlines will be encouraged to develop electric and hybrid technologies.

In connection with Norway’s electric-aircraft purchase plans, Falk-Pedersen said: “It could be that we are presenting a tender within a year or two to the market to commercialize electric aircraft.” He further added that Norway will probably operate “totally electric” on short-haul flights by the year 2040.

Norway is leading the European region in terms of acceptance of electric vehicles by drivers. The success of electric vehicles in Norway can also be attributed to tax rebates offered by the government. However, the government recently decided to cut back on tax rebates, a move condemned by many in the electric vehicle segment.