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Electric Airplane Maker Unveils Solar-Charging Trailer

Wired -- The German electric airplane maker PC-Aero is at the Berlin Air Show this week unveiling its latest effort towards making sport flying not only solar powered, but mobile as well. The company’s Elektra One is a single-seat electric airplane that uses both batteries and solar cells to increase the endurance during flight and is capable of flying more than 100 miles per hour.

The airplane made its first flight in 2011 in the hands of veteran test pilot Jon Karkow. Designed by Calin Gologan, the Elektra One is part of a bigger package Gologan imagines will one day lead to pilots being able to fly without needing an external power source.

PC-Aero has been touting the idea of a solar hangar that could be used to keep the Elektra One for a few years now.


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NedW
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2012 12:07:37 AM

I wonder if in-flight recharging has been explored?
my2002m
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 11:22:10 PM

And this has what to do with gas prices?
PDQBlues
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 4:58:41 PM

Cool. When do we get one? ;-)
livedream
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 2:15:17 PM

Encouraging progress -- Interesting article.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 1:22:38 PM

Ok
melvindale
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 1:15:15 PM

This is too cool!
sts808
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 12:28:24 PM

ok
dieselgus1
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 12:13:44 PM

point man...dead on. all good ideas have to start somewhere and this is just one of them. may take some time, but it will get there.
Point__man
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 11:57:18 AM

lots of ideas in progress these days, some will succeed ;)
packards42
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 11:30:54 AM

Now for car that can go 100 miles on solar
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 11:25:17 AM

good
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 11:15:13 AM

Cool!
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 11:09:58 AM

Wow...
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 11:04:49 AM

This is another advancement too conditions of today.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 11:01:22 AM

Put a monkey into that seat!!!!!!!! Not me!!!!!!!
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 11:00:14 AM

Why the complaints? If someone wants to build or buy a solar powered plane for recreational purposes, let them.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:59:02 AM

hhmmmmm??
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:33:48 AM

Without subsidies, this dog don't hunt. That Montana governor is an @$$.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:28:58 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:27:09 AM

For me, just say no to the solar powered airplane. The same problems that are causing Electric Vehicles to fail apply to Electric Planes.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:26:22 AM

Glad they said sport flying, I wouldn't want to count on recharging the plane wherever it lands.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:21:33 AM

More stress on our already critically maxed out electric grid. When will people see that we are going to have black outs and pay tons more for electricity due to all of this? Also, Obummer and the EPA want to cut out coal, so how are we going to generate this electricity?
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:19:14 AM

Good point, jpgilmor!
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:19:09 AM

I wonder why no one thought of this before.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:17:11 AM

What about flying at night?
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:15:53 AM

relevance to gas prices??
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:15:50 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:15:46 AM

Hope it has great gliding capability.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:15:41 AM

This site is about gas prices and it is about reducing the cost of travel by automobile, I think.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:14:08 AM

Hmmm... who's running the asylum?
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:14:03 AM

Ok.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:13:51 AM

what i want to know is when are they going to put a solar cell skin on these electric toy cars so they don't need any charging stations at all.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:11:24 AM

I can't conceive of anything less practical . . .
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:10:43 AM

I'm convenced the progressive's have taken over this site. The focus has gotten so far from gas prices that I usually just "k" rather than comment.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:09:55 AM

This would work really well in cloudy Cleveland... right.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:09:31 AM

The rich need to spend their wealth on SOMETHING.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:08:41 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:08:37 AM

At this point its a toy, for local area flying. Not a bad weather airplane..
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:07:54 AM

Hate to land somewhere were the plane could not be charged. Seeing that problem with electric cars.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:07:42 AM

Gas Prices?
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:07:41 AM

Whatever.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:06:41 AM

way cool
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:04:32 AM

Whatever...
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:03:04 AM

Not sure what applicability to ground transport is in this article.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:02:26 AM

There has to be a first before the many.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:02:21 AM

Any research is good research. Most times.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:01:45 AM

More pork.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:01:21 AM

Nice
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:01:12 AM

I guess that would be helpful for gliders
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:00:21 AM

Doesn't seem very practical.
This something OBummer will spend millions on.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:00:18 AM

No night flights
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