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Boeing-backed startup eyes hybrid electric plane in 2022

WASHINGTON: Much as automakers are hitting the accelerator on electric cars, an aerospace venture backed by Boeing said Thursday it will introduce a hybrid electric plane for delivery in 2022. Zunum Aero, a Seattle startup that counts both Boeing and air carrier JetBlue as investors, released details about an aircraft that could carry 12 passengers up to 700 miles. The plane aims to address a gap in regional travel of up to 1,000 miles, a segment for which there are few options, high costs and “door-to-door travel…