An airplane that uses an electric motor has been developed by U.S based company Honeywell and French firm Safran.
The plane was unveiled at the Paris Air Show this week showing a new way to travel that could apparently cut fuel use dramatically and save a lot of time.
According to Safran's Olivier Savin, "It's a big improvement of agility and maneuverability at the gate," Wired reports.
The Airbus A320 has been equipped with a new electric taxiing system that means time can be reduced while reversing the plane on the runway and can taxi to the gate on the electrical charge.
The system, called the Electric Green Taxiing System, uses a pair of 50 kVA motors mounted between the wheels and under the wings on the landing gear. Only the outside wheel is turned by the motors.
The companies claim that with the use of EGTS, more than 150 gallons of duel can be saved during a multi-flight day on the Airbus A320 or Boeing's 737 - this is 4% overall in a year.
Honeywell Aerospace CEO Tim Mahoney says the companies are in talks to install the EGTS to exisiting airplanes and that, "It's been architected such that there would be very few and minor changes to the aircraft on a retrofit basis."