United to Have All-Electric Planes by 2026

United Airlines Electric Plane

United Airlines wants its fleet of aircraft to be more eco-friendly. That’s why the airline has just purchased 100 19-seat ES-19 electric planes from Swedish start-up Heart Aerospace. By 2026, these all-electric planes will transform United’s regional routes, using electric motors instead of jet engines and batteries instead of jet fuel for a more sustainable, zero-emissions footprint.

The revolutionary ES-19 can carry passengers up to 250 miles without using one drop of gasoline. The planes’ lightweight aluminum airframe and a low-noise design allows it to be used on smaller, shorter runways. That versatile design also makes it perfect for the expansive United Express route network that includes Chicago O’Hare to Purdue University Airport and San Francisco International to Modesto City-County Airport.