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Posts Tagged: Electric Airplanes

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 »

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 »