Arlington company makes fully electric jet

ARLINGTON, Wash. — An Arlington company has successfully made a fully electric aircraft and has a large client betting on the technology.

The company Eviation made a jet that could change the courier industry.

DHL placed an order for 12 jets that are set to take flight in 2024. Each jet can carry 2,600 pounds of cargo.

The jet isn’t designed for passengers, but could carry them, according to Aviation CEO Omer Bar-Yohay.

“We’ve got electrified vehicles, we’re using natural gas, we have electric forklifts, electric tugs, so we’ve been in the whole space of electrification for some time,” said Mike Parra, the CEO of DHL Express Americas.

On a full charge, the jet has a range of 440 nautical miles at roughly 235 mph. That comes about to about two hours in the air.

The aviation industry has faced criticism over using fuel and pumping greenhouse gases into the environment.