Flying cars are better for the climate than conventional

Flying cars may seem like something out of the ordinary or fantastic, but according to a recent research, they can help us in the fight against climate change. NASA and several other companies — including Boeing and Airbus — the race to develop an electric version of the flying cars. This technology needs to be implemented in five years and fully deployed — ten. However, Uber is also dreaming of such plans, as we wrote earlier.

Flying cars and climate change

A joint study by the University of Michigan and Ford Motor have shown that once flying cars become a reality, they will produce much less greenhouse gas emissions than traditional cars.

In particular, according to a study published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications, flying cars will be much more acceptable from the environmental point of view with a full load of passengers and travel long distances.

Design flying car is formally known as the “electric aircraft vertical takeoff and landing” or VTOL — from different companies is also different. But in General, it resembles a cross between a car and a plane with two or more electric propellers. Some can accelerate to 300 km/h.

Using publicly available data of companies, the scientists compared the energy consumption and emissions of flying electric cars with conventional cars and have found that flying electric cars greenhouse gas emissions will be 35% lower than traditional cars, if you carry one pilot per 100 kilometers.

Even better results if to download flying electric pilot and three passengers for a flight on the same distance. In such a scenario, greenhouse gas emissions will be 52% lower than the traditional cars.

However, flying electric cars were worse compared to rechargeable versions on four wheels. They will have 38% more greenhouse gas emissions than electric vehicles when transporting one pilot, and only 6% below the emissions during transport pilot and three passengers.

The fact is that flying electric cars uses considerable energy for takeoff and landing, but extremely efficient in cruise. That is, more efficient on long journeys.

Gregor Keoleian, study co-author and Director of the Center for sustainable systems University of Michigan, says the best use for the flying of electric vehicles will service air taxi, which transports several passengers on a long distance. Such a service could come to replace traditional trips by car in busy areas.

He also noted that the flying electric cars will help save a transport segment from the carbon emissions. All so we had something to breathe.

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