Norway’s first electric aircraft on the wing with Solvik-Olsen on board

Ketil Solvik-OlsenMinister of Transport and Communications Ketil Solvik-Olsen (Progress Party).Photo: Berit Roald / NTB scanpix

Minister of Transport and Communications, Ketil Solvik-Olsen of Fremskrittsparti (Frp), will be a passenger when Norway’s first electric aircraft goes on the wing on Monday. ‘Elfly Technology’said the future is in our hands.

 

Avinor, which owns the electric aircraft, has a goal of Norway becoming a leading electric aircraft manufacturing country. The company wants all domestic aviation in Norway to be electrified by 2040. The initiative is looking forward to the future being in our hands.

“Unnecessary flights help to destroy the climate of the planet with huge CO2 emissions,” said Anja Bakken Riise, leader of ‘the future in our hands’.

Elfly, an Alpha Electro G2 plane manufactured in Slovenia, is scheduled to depart from Oslo Airport on Monday afternoon, and Avinor’s CEO,Dag Falk-Petersen will be on the two hour flight. The flight can’t accommodate more passengers than Solvik-Olsen. However, practical convenience is not the aim of the flight, Riise said.

“Just as Think, Buddy and Tesla Roadster showed that it was possible to drive cars on electric power, this electric plane shows that it’s possible to fly electrically. The point of the plane is to show that it’s possible,’’she said.

Monday’s historic flight is an important leap into the environmental future,which is the meaning of ‘the future in our hands’, who wants the electric car policy to be transferred to electric aircraft.

‘’Aviation must learn from Norwegian electric car policy. Norway has become a leading country for electric cars because the government has used the entire toolbox. The same must apply to the electric aircraft,’’ said Riise.

 

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