NEWS COMMENTARY

With aviation emissions increasing faster than projected and consumer demand continuing to grow, air travel is ripe for electrification

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September 19, 2019
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by Chloe Holzinger
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A new report by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) finds that aviation emissions are increasing 70% faster than UN projections. Meanwhile, Airbus forecasts that urbanization and the growing global middle class will drive the number of commercial aircraft in operation to more than double in the next 20 years. Lux expects that increasing emissions regulations combined with this increased demand will drive a shift in air travel business models from today's hub-and-spoke system, which relies on fossil fuel-dependent,100-passenger commercial airliners, to a distributed system with shorter, more frequent flights on smaller planes accommodating only 20 to 50 passengers, as these can be electrified using existing technologies.

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