Posts Tagged: Electric Airplanes

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 »

Joby Aero completes 150-mile flight with electric VTOL air taxi

California-based Joby Aero has achieved an important milestone in the development of its electric air taxi, flying a full-size prototype vehicle more than 150 miles on a single charge, including a vertical take-off and landing. The flight was completed at Joby’s Electric Flight Base in Big Sur, California. The aircraft, piloted from the ground by… Read more »

Lilium secures order from Brazilian airline for 220 electric jets

Azul, a Brazilian airline that serves 110 destinations and operates a fleet of more than 160 aircraft, has ordered 220 electric aircraft from Lilium in a $1-billion commercial deal and strategic alliance. The companies aim to establish a co-branded network in Brazil. Azul will operate and maintain the Lilium Jet fleet, and Lilium will provide… Read more »

Rolls-Royce delivers new PGS1 generator to testbed for hybrid aircraft

Rolls-Royce has taken delivery of a generator that will enable what the company calls “the most powerful hybrid-electric aero power and propulsion system in aerospace.” The generator for RR’s 2.5 MW Power Generation System 1 (PGS1), along with its related power electronics, was delivered to the newly-renovated Testbed 108 in Bristol, UK. The generator completed… Read more »

Heart Aerospace secures $35 million for electric planes, purchase order from United Airlines

Gothenburg, Sweden-based Heart Aerospace has raised $35 million in a Series A financing round led by Breakthrough Energy Ventures, United Airlines Ventures and Mesa Air Group. Heart Aerospace’s first aircraft will be the ES-19, a battery-electric 19-passenger regional airplane. Heart expects to begin deliveries for commercial use by 2026. The first-generation aircraft will have a… Read more »

Jet It and JetClub order eFlyer 800 electric planes from Bye Aerospace

Electric aircraft manufacturer Bye Aerospace has secured a pair of launch customers for its eFlyer 800, an 8-seat all-electric twin turboprop-class airplane. Jet It and JetClub, North American and European sister companies that provide fractional aircraft ownership, have agreed to purchase a fleet of eFlyer 800 aircraft. Bye Aerospace expects the eFlyer 800 to deliver… Read more »

Hexagon adopts Fugaku supercomputer for aircraft and EV simulations

Hexagon has adopted the Fugaku supercomputer to run complex CFD (computational fluid dynamics) simulations. The company’s Manufacturing Intelligence division is using the supercomputer to explore the performance of next-generation aircraft and EVs.  Hexagon says its Cradle CFD customers will have the opportunity to tap into the ARM-based Fugaku computer architecture to perform complex simulations, such… Read more »

Leasing firm Avolon to buy up to 500 electric VTOL aircraft

Aircraft leasing company Avolon has placed an order for up to 500 electric eVTOL aircraft from Vertical Aerospace. The companies say the sale will introduce the ultra-short-haul aircraft category to commercial aviation. The two companies will collaborate throughout the development, certification and commercial roll-out of the VA-X4, a piloted, zero-emissions electric Vertical Take Off and… Read more »

Wright develops inverter for zero-emissions aircraft

Wright Electric has developed an inverter for large zero-emissions aircraft. Designed to be scalable from 500 kW to 20 MW systems, the Wright inverter targets the following performance levels: 99.5% efficiency—a 6x improvement in heat loss over current in-production aviation inverters resulting in lower thermal management loads. 30 kW/kg power density—in contrast, today’s technology delivers… Read more »