The first flights of the Eviation electric aircraft are to take place in the fourth quarter of this year, and now the company has finally demonstrated the production version of the Alice. In this configuration, the silent 9-seat aircraft with a range of more than 800 km will be presented to the commission for certification procedure.
Israeli startup Eviation first unveiled its development at the Paris Air Show in 2019. Like many other electric aviation engineering teams, Eviation expects a range of 500 to 1,000 km. It has batteries and advanced propulsion systems on board that will allow it to cover such distances without carbon dioxide emissions.
For two years, the design of the Evia aircraft remained virtually unchanged – three 260 kW electric engines made by MagniX, one on the tail end, two on the wings and a distinctive V-shaped tail gave the aircraft an easily recognizable look. The design allowed for faster air movement around the fuselage body and turned the entire airframe into another additional wing for increased thrust, writes New Atlas.
In the production version, it was decided to move away from the original concept, leaving only two motors and making the tail a conventional T-shape. Instead of three 260 kW engines, MagniX gave the partners two 640 kW engines.
According to the company, the final design was chosen as a result of accumulated experience and customer feedback. In the updated configuration, Alice’s specifications are as follows: a range of 814 km, a cruising speed of 407 km/h, a payload of 1,130 kg and room for two pilots and nine passengers.
Eviation founder Omer Bar-Yohai called the presentation ceremony of the improved Alice “the final step in the step-by-step progression to the first flight. “Electric air aviation will continue to open up more and more prospects for affordable and sustainable transportation around the world,” he said. – Alice is poised to make these opportunities a reality in the very near future.”
Alice is expected to begin operating scheduled commercial flights in 2024.
ZeroAvia, based in California, has begun testing two 19-seat hydrogen planes. The two Dornier 228s will be equipped with more powerful 600 kW propulsion systems. With only 100 kg of compressed hydrogen on board, these planes will be able to provide a range of up to 500 km.