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Posts Tagged: Electric Airplanes

Electroflight’s new modular energy storage unit is designed for electric aviation prototypes

Aviation energy storage specialist Electroflight has launched a new energy storage unit that’s designed to facilitate the development of electric aviation prototypes. Electroflight says its new SEED (Scalable, Expandable Energy Device) can be rapidly deployed without the need to create a bespoke battery system. “Designed for use in early-stage product development, SEED responds to a… Read more »

Lilium teams with Honeywell and DENSO to manufacture motor for electric Lilium Jet

Lilium, the developer of an electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) jet, has partnered with Honeywell and DENSO, who will co-develop and manufacture the electric motor that will power the Lilium Jet’s engines. Honeywell, which invested in Lilium in 2021, is already developing the Lilium Jet’s avionics and flight control systems. Honeywell also has an… Read more »

Textron to acquire electric aircraft pioneer Pipistrel

Textron (NYSE: TXT), home to the Cessna, Beechcraft, and Bell aviation brands, has agreed to purchase Pipistrel, a developer of electric aircraft based in Slovenia and Italy. Textron plans to form a new business segment, Textron eAviation, focused on the development of sustainable aircraft, which will include Pipistrel. Pipistrel founder and CEO Ivo Boscarol will… Read more »

CoFlow Jet teams with NASA to commercialize deflected strip-stream tech for electric aircraft

Aviation engineering and technology company CoFlow Jet has entered a Joint Ownership Agreement with NASA to commercialize the Deflected Slip-Stream (DSS) technology enabled by its coflow jet (CFJ) airfoil technology. DSS facilitates vertical takeoff and landing as well as hovering and cruising without tilt rotors, tilt wings or lift plus. CoFlow Jet’s CFJ technology is… Read more »

Wright Electric proposes to convert BAe 146 regional aircraft to hydrogen or aluminum fuel cell drive

Electric aviation is in its infancy—as far as we know, no e-planes are yet carrying passengers in commercial service. However, several firms are rapidly developing electric aircraft—Rolls Royce, Bye Aerospace, Heart Aerospace and Eviation are developing battery-electric planes, while ZeroAvia is placing its bet on hydrogen fuel cells. California-based Wright Electric is taking what appears… Read more »

Brazilian airline orders 250 eVTOL aircraft

Three major players in the Brazilian air transport industry have announced a partnership to commercialize what they call “an eVTOL ride-sharing platform.” Aircraft leasing company Avolon, Brazilian airline Gol and transport operator Grupo Comporte will collaborate to launch an eVTOL ride-sharing service. As part of the agreement, Gol and Grupo Comporte have committed to purchase… Read more »

ABB to provide charging infrastructure for Lilium’s electric regional air network

ABB E-mobility will provide the charging infrastructure for electric aircraft manufacturer Lilium‘s regional air network, which is scheduled for commercial launch in 2024. Lilium has announced planned launch networks in Florida, Germany and Brazil. As part of the agreement, ABB will develop, test and supply charging equipment based on standards being developed by CharIN’s Megawatt… Read more »

Rolls-Royce’s Spirit of Innovation electric plane makes maiden flight

Rolls-Royce’s all-electric Spirit of Innovation recently took to the skies for the first time. The company hopes to use the sleek and stylish e-plane to set a new world speed record of over 300 mph later this year. The aircraft took off from the UK Ministry of Defence’s storied Boscombe Down site, and flew for… Read more »

Rolls-Royce to develop aviation energy storage

Rolls-Royce will develop energy storage systems (ESS) meant to enable zero-emissions flights of over 100 miles. The company plans an £80 million investment in ESS over the next decade. ESS products from Rolls-Royce will power electric and hybrid-electric propulsion systems for eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) and commuter-market fixed-wing aircraft with up to 19… Read more »