Gallery: Boeing Team’s SUGAR Volt Aircraft Concept Burns 70% Less Fuel


We recently reported on a program led by NASA that was aiming to green the future of air transportation, and now Boeing — along with their teammates General Electric and Georgia Tech — are following suit with their  just-revealed innovative SUGAR Volt concept which is driven by an electric battery gas turbine hybrid propulsion system that can reduce overall fuel usage by 70%.

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  1. ko August 9, 2010 at 5:03 am

    Given the fact that short to medium distance air travel is in decline and faces increasing competition from High Speed Rail, I’m curious what range such aircraft is targeting to find a useful place in the world’s tranportation industry 30 years from today.

    As for supersonic aircraft, unless these will be powered by clean energy and cheap, I see no prospects and nothing to get excited about. This may have been the “future” of air travel 50 years ago when the Concorde was hatched, but that proved to be a poster child of what not to do and, in fact, Boeing’s most recent supersonic project was cancelled when it was realized there was little market for supersonic travel and what the industry needs are more efficient solutions.

  2. merefrog August 8, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    With a plane like this; I can start traveling by air again. The amount planes pollute presently prevents me from flying. When will this be available commercially?

  3. davidwayneosedach August 6, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    I want to be among thfirst that try it!

  4. Mike Nemeth August 3, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Definitely worth pursuing.

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