Harbour Air tested its first electric seaplane on Dec. 10 in Richmond. (Contributed)

ePlanes will fly out of Pitt Meadows

Harbour Air will take a year or two to convert entire fleet to electric

Electric-powered floatplanes could soon be flying in and out of Pitt Meadows.

Harbour Air completed the test flight of the world’s first electric commercial aircraft on Tuesday, Dec. 10 in Richmond.

The company, which flies out of Pitt Meadows airport, retrofitted a six-passenger DHC-2 Havilland Beaver with a 750 horsepower all-electric magni500 propulsion system.

“This aircraft was our prototype ePlane and will now begin the certification and approval process, which we expect to take one to two years,” said Samantha Kent, marketing manager for the Harbour Air Group.

“Once approved, we’ll begin the process of converting the entire fleet.”

The fleet is more than 40 aircraft, with up to 300 daily scheduled flights and half a million passengers a year.

The company flies to Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland, Whistler, the Sunshine Coast and Seattle. It announced early in 2019 it would make the conversion to emission-free planes.

In February, YPK announced a new seaplane terminal building and Thirsty Goose Restaurant would be built on the shore of the Fraser River, with Harbour Air operating the terminal.



Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Maple Ridge author shares four-year story of grief, hope

Nadine Sands tells how she found a new love while grieving the loss of her husband

Positive messages for Pink Shirt Day

Rocks with positive messages were left outside the hospice society’s office

LETTER: Will common sense prevail in pipeline dispute

Maple Ridge letter writer fears five men stand in the way of prosperity for First Nations and B.C.

Bear in Maple Ridge back yard takes five

Rock Ridge resident caught quieter time

Maple Ridge girl to represent at War Amps seminar

Julia Chiasson, 19, to be a junior counsellor coordinator

RCMP ask court about disposal of evidence in Robert Pickton case

Pickton was sentenced to life with no chance of parole for 25 years for the murders of six women

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs optimistic ahead of talks with feds, province

Discussions with provincial and federal governments expected to start later today

‘The project is proceeding’: Horgan resolute in support of northern B.C. pipeline

B.C. premier speaks as talks scheduled with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs

BREAKING: Kelowna RCMP to further investigate 12 sexual assault cases, create sexual assault unit

Recommendations come five months after it was revealed 40% of sexual assaults were deemed ‘unfounded’

Explicit Greta sticker linked to Alberta company draws outrage

The sticker includes the logo of Red Deer-based X-Site Energy Services

Share Now, formerly Car2Go, leaves Canada with valuable data in changing market: expert

Vancouver was its largest market in North America, with more than 300,000 customers

Police seize nine guns, machetes, drugs from tent in Vancouver’s Oppenheimer Park

Police believe the tent is a communal or shared space and no single occupant has been identified

Off-duty RCMP officer helps catch Cache Creek car thief

‘This is just one example of how we are always ready to respond to emergencies’

What’s happening: Coronavirus forges on, as world hunts solutions

Japan closes all elementary, middle and high schools until spring holidays in late March

Most Read