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Potential for electric aircraft

Nature Sustainabilityvolume 2pages8889 (2019) | Download Citation

Commercial aircraft rely on liquid hydrocarbon fuels. Short-range all-electric aircraft have promise to reduce environmental impacts while remaining cost-competitive; however, they will require significant battery improvements.

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  1. Department of Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

    • Venkatasubramanian Viswanathan
  2. Zunum Aero, Inc., Bothell Washington, USA

    • B. Matthew Knapp


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V.V. is a technical consultant and a member of Advisory Board at Zunum Aero, and owns stock options. He is a technical consultant and owns stock options at QuantumScape. He is a consultant for Pratt & Whitney. His research group receives funding from Airbus A3, QuantumScape and Zunum Aero. B.M.K. is the co-founder and Aero Chief Engineer at Zunum Aero.

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Correspondence to Venkatasubramanian Viswanathan.

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