On Tuesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a voluntary guidance to airlines to reduce the use of electric motors during flights.
That’s a significant move, considering that some experts say the new rules would require airplanes to use anaerobic digestion to generate power.
While the EPA’s guidance could have a major impact on the future of the aircraft industry, it also has the potential to spur a new wave of innovation in the use and efficiency of electric propulsion systems.
The FAA has already issued guidance to carriers on how to use the new regulations.
“In light of this guidance, we are exploring alternative options to use electric propulsion during the flight of our aircraft,” Boeing said in a statement.
The agency said it’s also working with electric-car maker Tesla to make electric vehicles compatible with the electric-powered aircraft.
“The agency is exploring options for electric vehicles to be compliant with the [FAA’s] new rules, and we will be working with the FAA on that,” the company said.