Air travel currently accounts for 2% of global carbon dioxide emissions, so finding a greener solution is vital. Researchers at MIT are investigating how batteries can be altered using magnetic fields in order to increase the rate at which the batteries discharge electricity. The main trouble with passenger aircraft is the demand of takeoff, which requires huge amounts of energy, however the team hope that with this battery regional commuter flights won’t burn any fuel. Their aim is to deliver a line of hybrid planes which can carry 12 passengers by 2022. It is estimated that by 2035, hybrid planes will be able to travel for 2414 km.
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