Electric aircraft are flying today, and most are modifications of existing piston-powered light-sport aircraft. That is about to change. Not only is Israeli startup Eviation’s Alice a bigger aircraft, it is designed from the ground up around battery-electric propulsion. And it shows. The prototype, assembled in Vannes, France, drew much attention during its debut on static display at June’s Paris Air Show, as much for its unconventional appearance as its pioneering propulsion. ...

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