Modern China revolves around what is called "The 5 Year Plan", with a new one with different aims and goals implemented, wait for it ....... every 5 years! In the previous 5 year plan, obviously among many social, industry and technology programs, pollution and congestion of the automobile was a key issue and billions of research grants were given to car manufacturers to develop electric and other 'clean' cars. (6 years later we are just seeing some and others who have failed to show what happened to their research money are seeing jail cells, but that's another story). The current 5 year plan, instigated late last year, has two of it's categories slated for aerospace (inclusive of personal light aircraft) and new energy development so I have applied for a Grant to develop an electric aircraft. The indicators that my grant will be successful are very good, but then again, TIC - this is China where anything can happen and usually does. Some of you may have noticed I am building an aircraft at the moment, but most of you don't know I also am involved in the beginnings of an electric car stealership of 4 brands, which has importantly given me access to all the drive systems and components, including batteries, separately. I drive and live with electric cars daily now, and have for some time, all the good and the bad that goes with them. ................ Now some of you are already thinking there's a couple of electric planes available and flying, but are they? Would you consider a $100K - $150K (whatever) aircraft that can only for 30 to 40 minutes before requiring a 6 hour recharge? Might be ok for a training school, but I think others would grow weary of that nonsense very quickly. The others around are 'self launching' sailplanes, different, like the people who fly them. It's very simple, batteries are heavy and bulky, it's no secret. Not just heavy, they are still heavy at the end of your trip, the weight doesn't burn off like fuel does. What's needed for moderate stol, low stall speeds and a couple of hours flying time, is lots of wing area with low loading, something you're not going to get with a common planform. There are a few choices for consideration ranging from lifting bodies such as the Facetmobile (a very good choice for keeping the battery mass around the CoG).. Delta Dyke .. to more flying wing orientated such as Northrop Avion (scaled up a bit) .. There are other options, possibly a bi-plane might do it, but I think you get the drift, which leads me to my relevant question; Are you willing to forgo "normal planform" (99% of the way all planes are shaped with a forward main wing and rear tail feathers), for the convenience, possible increased safety, and lowered cost of having an all electric powered aircraft? PS: do not give me any "There's a new battery just around the corner" rubbish thanks.