Flying cars may seem something ofSome are out of the ordinary or fantastic, but according to one of the latest studies, they can help us combat climate change. NASA and several other companies — including Boeing and Airbus — are racing to develop electric versions of flying cars. This technology should be implemented in five years and fully deployed - in ten. However, Uber also dreams of such plans, as we wrote earlier.
Flying cars and climate change
A joint study by the University of Michigan andFord Motor has shown that once flying cars become a reality, they will produce much less greenhouse gas emissions than traditional cars.
In particular, according to the studypublished on Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications, flying cars will be much more environmentally acceptable when fully loaded and traveling long distances.
The design of flying cars - formallyknown as "electric vertical take-off and landing", or VTOL - different companies also different. But in general, it resembles something between a car and a plane with two or more electric propellers. Some can accelerate to 300 km / h.
Using publicly available data companies, scientistscompared energy consumption and emissions of flying electric vehicles with traditional cars and found that flying electric vehicles will have a greenhouse gas emission that is 35% lower than traditional cars, if we carry one pilot per 100 kilometers.
Even better results if you download flyingelectric cars by the pilot and three passengers for the same distance flight. In this scenario, greenhouse gas emissions will be 52% lower than traditional cars.
However, flying electric cars turned out to beworse than battery versions on four wheels. They will have 38% more greenhouse gas emissions than electric vehicles when transporting one pilot, and only 6% lower emissions - when transporting a pilot and three passengers.
The thing is that flying electric cars use considerable energy for takeoff and landing, however, they are extremely effective on a cruise. That is, more effective on long journeys.
Gregor Keoleian, study co-author and directorThe University of Michigan Sustainable Systems Center says that the best application for flying electric cars will be an air taxi service that carries several passengers over a long distance. Such a service could come to replace conventional car trips in busy places.
He also noted that flying electric cars will help rid the transport segment of carbon emissions. All in order for us to have something to breathe.
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