Eviation, which has been described as the “Tesla of aircraft” for working on the first compelling long-range electric aircraft, has unveiled the production version of its Alice aircraft.
The Alice could become one of the first all-electric planes in commercial operation and Eviation, the Israel-based company, has a prototype of the aircraft, which they plan to fly for the first time later this year.
Alice will be a nine-passenger, two-crew member aircraft, produce no carbon emissions, significantly reduce noise, and cost a fraction to operate per flight hour compared to its fossil fuel counterparts. The aircraft is powered by two magni650 electric propulsion units from magniX, the only flight proven electric propulsion systems at this scale. The advanced fly-by-wire system is made by Honeywell, the market leader in such systems.
The single-volume, high-energy density Alice battery system is made from currently available battery cells and is not reliant on future advancements. Eviation claims that these proven technologies and design elements will make it easy and reliable for pilots to seamlessly transition to flying the Alice and will create a superior passenger flying experience, accelerating the aircraft’s path to market. Let's hope so!
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