China made history by successfully developing and launching the world's first electric passenger aircraft that could be used in pilot training, tourism, meteorology and emergency rescue operations, according to media reports in 2015. The plane is named "The BX1E" and has a 14.5-meter wingspan and a maximum payload of 230 kgs.
It has some interesting attributes. It can fly at an altitude of 3,000 meters and can complete a single charge within two hours, allowing a flight time of 45 minutes to one hour, at a maximum speed of 160 km per hour. The plane, which has received airworthiness certificate, was designed by Shenyang Aerospace University and Liaoning general aviation academy in the northeastern Liaoning Province of China.
The first two aircraft were delivered to Liaoning Ruixiang General Aviation Co., Ltd. The aircraft can be used in pilot training, tourism, meteorology and rescue operations. Each aircraft is priced at about $163,000.