Eviation Aircraft, a global manufacturer of all-electric air mobility solutions, unveiled the prototype of its all-electric, light aircraft on the tarmac of the 52nd International Paris Air Show. Dubbed Alice, that electric aircraft is designed to take 9 passengers up to 1,000 km at more than 240 KTAS.
Eviation Alice is expected to perform the first commercial flights as early as 2021. The aircraft features innovative design elements, including the airframe, propeller and motor, placing an emphasis on maximizing flight efficiency and energy usage. Alice uses distributed propulsion with one main pusher propeller at the tail and two pusher propellers at the wingtips, this allows both reducing drag and redundancy.
With an IP portfolio that includes thermal management and autonomous landing, Eviation’s craft faces zero regulatory hurdles, as it is compliant with today’s certification requirements. Alice has an impressive range of 600 miles per 980 kWh Li-Ion battery charge and a maximum speed of 270 knots, that’s roughly 310 mph.
At a time when we are more connected than ever, our mobility options must adapt to reflect this new, efficient future. Whether it is a zero emissions, low-cost trip from Silicon Valley to San Diego, or Seoul to Beijing, our all-electric aircraft represents a chance for people to move with the speed and impact our global economy now demands. – Omer Bar-Yohay, CEO of Eviation Aircraft
Eviation’s electric aircraft will move into certification and commercialization in 2018. It is designed as a 2+9 configuration to maximize FAA part 135 for commuter and On Demand operations.