Electric Airplane Legislation Takes Off

Now that American ingenuity sent a Tesla roadster into outer space, it could be time for electric planes to revolutionize travel here on earth.  Dan Frizzell from the Washington State House Democratic Caucus has more.

SLATTER: “A long time ago, regional air travel connected small communities.  So I believe having small electric aircraft provides a new technology to do something that we’ve already found to be really valuable.” [:13]

“Electric aircraft” isn’t a term we’re used to hearing very often, but if state Representative Vandana Slatter has her way, we’ll get used to it soon. The Bellevue Democrat got a bipartisan thumbs-up in the House Wednesday for a bill that could make Washington a worldwide leader in electric and hybrid-electric aeronautics. She wants the state Department of Transportation to work with a task force to set goals for production and use of electric airplanes. She envisions small, short-hop planes, designed and built here in Washington, making air travel between hundreds of currently underused airports inexpensive and convenient, with some bonus features.

SLATTER: “Decreased emissions as well as decreased noise, and it offers us the opportunity to build an innovative sector here in Washington state, a state that has always been a leader in innovation and can continue to lead the world.” [:13]

Slatter’s bill now heads to the Senate.  In Olympia, I’m Dan Frizzell.