Commuter airline to buy 75 Washington-built electric planes

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Eviation Aircraft, an Arlington company that has built a fully electric commuter airplane, got a hefty boost this week when one of the nation’s largest commuter airlines, Cape Air, signed a letter of intent to buy 75 of the Eviation Alice model. 

The nine-passenger airplane produces no carbon emissions. It's expected to take a maiden flight this year. 

Cape Air, based in Hyannis, Massachusetts, operates more than 400 regional flights a day to nearly 40 cities. Cape Air says deploying a fleet of all-electric planes will significantly reduce carbon emissions, cut maintenance and operational costs and give passengers "a smoother and quieter flight experience."

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