China has produced the world’s first electric passenger aircraft to gain an airworthiness certificate. The “BX1E” has a 14.5-metre wingspan and a maximum payload of 230 kg. It can fly at an altitude of 3,000 metres. It can be charged within two hours and can fly for 45 minutes to an hour at a maximum speed of 160 kmph. According to the manufacturer, the aircraft can be used for pilot training, tourism, meteorology and rescue operations. Each aircraft is priced at about one million yuan ($163,000).