Airbus has plans to be the first to cross the English channel in a battery-powered airplane, but was there behind-the-scene subterfuge?
In the end, the competition for the $1.35 million top prize in the 2011 Green Flight Challenge came down to just two craft, the eGenius and the Pipistrel G4. After both managed to meet the goal of the contest – fly 200 miles at over 100 miles per hour using less than the equivalent energy of one gallon of fuel per passenger – the winner seems to have been determined by its efficiency score.
So, here we have another attempt at the flying car, except this time the winner gets money from NASA. While the chances that the average consumer will be able to pull into their nearest Ford dealership and hand over a down payment for the Pipistrel Virus, the fact that NASA is involved lends a bit of credibility, right?