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NASA unveils its first electric airplane


NASA unveils its first electric airplane

 


NASA has unveiled its first all-electric aircraft amid efforts by the aviation industry to cut emissions of carbon dioxide from planes to tackle climate change.

The US space agency showcased the X-57 Maxwell in California.

It has been developing the small craft since 2015.

Based on a four-seater plane, the X-57 has seven propellers on each wing.

The propellers are run by electric motors powered solely by small lithium-ion batteries developed by NASA.