Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions, Industrial - July 2, 2019
All-electric commuter plane revealed in Paris
The recent 53rd Paris Air Show was the site of the premiere of a full-scale, all-electric commuter plane, Alice. Eviation Aircraft will complete its first flights and begin manufacturing in the U.S. in 2019, and, in conjunction with commercial customers and the FAA, will bring certified fleets to market in 2022.
A statement from Eviation Aircraft noted the new 9-passenger plane will target highly-trafficked "middle mile" commutes around the world for routes like France's Paris to Toulouse, Norway's Oslo to Trondheim and America's San Jose to San Diego. “Air carriers, like their ground mobility peers, are moving to replace expensive, aging fleets with electric options that dramatically reduce maintenance and operating costs. Alice will reduce those carrier costs by up to 70 percent while bringing travelers a cost-competitive, emission-free option.”
Eviation’s partners on the development and production of Alice include Honeywell (flight-by-wire systems), Siemens (EPUs), Hartzell (propellers), magniX (EPUs) and Magnaghi Aeronautica (LG). AeroTEC will lead Alice's flight tests and first flight in Moses Lake, Washington and serve as a partner for certification.
"Capable of flying with 9 passengers at 240 knots and a range of up to 650 miles, we are thrilled to introduce Alice to the aviation world at the aviation industry's largest gathering. Operating at a fraction of the costs of conventional jet liners, our Alice will redefine how people travel regionally and usher in a new era of flying that is quieter, cleaner and cost-effective," said Eviation CEO, Omer Bar-Yohay. " With the introduction of Alice, we welcome an all-new breed of airplanes for the first time in 50 years and it is only the beginning of a bright future for electric aviation and sustainable transportation."