Elon Musk plans to build an electric plane that lifts off vertically

Elon Musk has achieved a great deal in his lifetime. He invented PayPal, popularized the electric car, has made a sustainable home energy source and has even created Space X a way in which regular people may experience the world from above. Now he wants to change the way we use air travel and, of course, it’s a far more ecologically sound version than the one we’re using right now. Musk plans to build a fully electric plane which lifts off vertically; a concept he announced at the Hyperloop Pod Award Ceremony on Jan 30th.

Elon Musk

At the award ceremony in Texas, which was won by a team from MIT, Musk made a statement referring to how he was toying with the idea of introducing a vertical lift electric plane, in a bid to reduce the endless emissions created by commercial jets which perpetually litter the skies.

It was EndGadget who first broke the story, with Musk making the comments during a surprise Q&A section:

“I have been thinking about the vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) electric jet a bit more. I think I have something that might close. I’m quite tempted to do something about it. Aircraft and ships, and all other modes of transport, will go fully electric — not half electric, but fully electric.”

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Colin J McCracken

Colin J McCracken is a content designer, editor and writer from Ireland. Giving form and function to the My Good Planet vision, it has been his role to design and develop the online platform, content and presence of the project.

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