Solar Impulse Founder Predicts Electric Passenger Plane

A bold prediction from the Solar Impulse guys -- solar-powered passenger aircraft on the way!  Here's an excerpt:

The co-founder of a project that saw a solar-powered aircraft complete the first fuel-free flight around the world this year expects electric passenger planes to operate within a decade.

Bertrand Piccard, who along with fellow pilot Andre Borschberg founded Solar Impulse, also shrugged off concerns that US President-elect Donald Trump's appointment of a fossil fuel industry defender as his top environmental official could hamper global clean technology efforts.

Since completing their historic fuel-free flight in July, Mr Piccard and Mr Borschberg have been working on projects to show how the technologies used in their plane can be used in other applications.

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