The nine-passenger Alice will be able to fly for one hour and 440 nautical miles, with a top speed of 250 knots, or 287 miles per hour. Electric planes with a capacity for 20 to 40 passengers are expected to be ready in seven to ten years, according to the industry. In September 2021, NASA awarded GE Aviation and magniX $253 million to bring the technology to US fleets by 2035. According to industry observers, the most important hurdle to electric aircraft being the standard in passenger jets is the battery. DHL, the global logistics company, has placed an order for twelve Alices, which are scheduled to arrive in 2024.
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