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Electric aircraft set for take off as commercially viable transport

Rolls-Royce and others aim for flying commuter market with fast air taxis

Rolls-Royce is working on making commercially viable, fully electric aircraft. (Image courtesy of Rolls-Royce)

TOKYO -- A great deal of progress has been made in technology for electric aircraft, boosting prospects for a new era in commuting believed to be coming between 2023 and 2026.

A fully electric small aircraft from Rolls-Royce has broken two world speed records, demonstrating the viability of the aircraft for fast, short-distance transportation.

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