Posts Tagged: Electric Airplanes

ZeroAvia raises $24 million in new funding, speeds development of 50-seat zero-emission aircraft

ZeroAvia is developing hydrogen-fueled powertrain technology to replace conventional engines in commercial aircraft. The company has successfully completed flight tests of electric aircraft in the US and in the UK, and expects to achieve commercialization for its hydrogen-electric powertrain as early as 2024. (See our interview with CEO and founder Val Miftakhov, who makes a… Read more »

Is aviation the best application yet for hydrogen fuel cells?

Q&A with ZeroAvia CEO Passenger cars are well on their way to going electric, and the path to a big market share for heavy-duty EVs such as buses and delivery trucks is becoming clearer. However, aviation remains a new frontier for zero emissions. There are several new powertrain options, and none has yet proven itself… Read more »

Archer partners with Fiat Chrysler to develop electric VTOL aircraft

Palo Alto-based Archer has teamed up with Fiat Chrysler (FCA) to develop electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, with the intent of starting production in 2023. FCA has already collaborated on cockpit design elements of Archer’s first aircraft, which is expected to be unveiled early this year. Archer’s goal is to create a vertically… Read more »

Electric aircraft maker Bye Aerospace closes $10 million in funding

Denver-based Bye Aerospace, developer of the all-electric eFlyer family of FAA Part 23-certified aircraft, has raised $10 million from venture capital investors since the beginning of the year, in two separate rounds. Founder and CEO George E. Bye said the company is using the new funding to begin work on Serial #001, the first production-conforming… Read more »

ZeroAvia completes test flight of fuel cell airplane

ZeroAvia says it has successfully completed a test flight of a commercial-scale electrified aircraft. New Atlas reports that the company’s HyFlyer, featuring the latest version of its hybrid hydrogen/electric powertrain, recently took off from Cranfield Airport in Bedfordshire, UK as part of a program to develop large, long-range, zero-emission aircraft. While companies such as Magnix… Read more »

Electric Cessna Grand Caravan makes historic maiden flight

Magnix, a maker of electric powertrains for aircraft, collaborated with engineering and flight test specialist AeroTEC to test an electric Cessna 208B Grand Caravan that they claim is the largest all-electric aircraft yet flown. The 30-minute maiden flight, which took place at an airfield near Moses Lake, Washington, was “flawless,” according to the test pilot…. Read more »

NASA releases concept images of electric X-57 Maxwell airplane

NASA has released a series of concept images of the X-57 Maxwell electric airplane, showcasing aspects of its final Mod IV configuration during different flight modes. The artist’s concept image shows the Maxwell in its final configuration. This configuration, known as Mod IV, features a high-aspect ratio wing, relocation of the cruise motors to the… Read more »

Electric aircraft maker Lilium completes $240-million funding round

Munich-based aviation company Lilium is developing an all-electric, vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft designed to serve regional air travel markets. The company recently completed a $240-million funding round led by Tencent, with participation from other existing investors, including Atomico, Freigeist and LGT. The new funds bring the total sum raised to date to over… Read more »

TDK invests in Germany electric VTOL company AutoFlightX

TDK Ventures has dipped into its $50-million corporate venture capital fund to invest in electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) company AutoFlightX. With their ability to navigate dangerous or hard-to-reach environments, eVTOL vehicles can help eliminate human risk in mining inspections, or deliver payloads of supplies and medicine in emergency response scenarios. AutoFlightX says it… Read more »

Wright Electric unveils design concepts for electric aircraft

Wright Electric, a partner of European airline easyJet, recently unveiled design concepts for the Wright 1, a 186-seat electric aircraft. Wright is building a 1.5 MW electric motor and 3 kV inverter. The company is in discussions with BAE Systems to develop flight controls and energy management systems. Wright plans to conduct ground tests in… Read more »