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Major European carrier EasyJet announced Wednesday that it is teaming up with U.S. startup Wright Electric to build an all-electric airliner.

The aircraft they have in mind would handle short routes of 335 miles or less -- think New York to Boston or London to Paris.

Wright Electric was founded in 2016 by a team of battery chemists, aerospace engineers and electric vehicle experts from NASA, Boeing (BA) and Cessna.

Your airliner may be flying electric within a decade

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We can hope, but I don't

We can hope, but I don't think so. Energy required vs. battery energy density. I'm just too skeptical those hurdles can be overcome any time soon. We desperately need electric semi-trucks and some way to replace container ships, though. I don't know why they don't look at nuclear-powered container ships, if that's the best option. That would work, for sure.

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I was going to say, sounds

I was going to say, sounds good but... physics.

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Boeing bets big on flying taxis and pilotless planes

The acquisition also gives Boeing a seat at the table in the race to develop electric air taxis. Aurora in April made the first flight of its own air-taxi prototype, the XV-24A, designed as part of Uber's Elevate program to add on-demand air taxis to its ride-sharing product.

Boeing bets big on flying taxis and pilotless planes

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