Electric Passenger Canadian Seaplanes

The First Electric Passenger Planes Could Be 50-Year-Old Canadian Seaplanes

The first battery-electric passenger planes in commercial service may turn out to be Canadian turboprops that date back to the 1950s and 1960s.

MagniX, a Redmond, Wash.-based company developing electric aircraft engines, has struck a deal with Harbour Air to be MagniX’s launch customer, aiming to convert the Vancouver-based airline’s 42 seaplanes into an all-electric fleet, the companies announced Tuesday.

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