Pipistrel’s pioneering Taurus Electro is seen as a breath of fresh air in a sector responsible for 13 per cent of CO2 emissions from all transport sources according to the Jordan Times. Launched in 2007, around 20 orders are now put in every year for the two-seater plane, which is produced in a factory in the town of Ajdovscina, close to the Italian border of Slovenia. At 70 cents an hour, the Taurus is 10 times cheaper to run than traditional twin-seater planes, according to Pipistrel. Now Pipistrel plans to build an electric four-seater plane. Its Taurus G4 prototype — built by combining two twin-seaters — won NASA’s prestigious Green Flight Award in 2011, worth $1.35 million. The plane covered 650 kilometres in the space of two hours with an average speed of 172 kilometres per hour.
Taurus Electro Shows Early Potential for Electric Planes (Jordan Times)