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The Nordic countries share challenges regarding accessibility and mobility to remote areas. The first generation electric aircrafts are small and have limited range, which is why the implementation of electric aircrafts could be a possible solution for such remote areas. The time saved by using an electric plane instead of a car or railway may be considerable, since you have to pass bodies of water or mountains in many places. The increased mobility and accessibility has the potential to create effects in regions and local communities, such as access to public services or the establishment of businesses and jobs, while electric flights can contribute to the green transition.

This project aims to investigate the effects on regions and local communities of implementing electric flights, and to look at energy capacity and other critical factors for implementation. The study will include aspects such as knowledge overview, GIS accessibility study, case studies, analysis of regional effects, and development of recommendations. The project places great emphasis on co-operation and knowledge sharing and includes a reference group with various Nordic electric aviation actors and regional actors. The project is communicated through a joint website, short films, reports, as well as story maps.

The project is part of Green transition of the transport sector, where Nordic Energy Research acts as secretariat, and runs from 2022 to 2024. The budget is 2,1 000 000 DKK and project owner is Nordregio.