Alice-the first all-electric passenger aircraft to take off soon | Here’s what we know

If reports are anything to go by, “Alice”- touted to be the world’s first all-electric passenger aircraft, is preparing to take off soon.

Developed by an Israeli company- Eviation, “Alice” is an all-electric passenger aircraft designed to accommodate nine passengers and two crew members.

Representative | IEEE Spectrum

The all-electric airplane demonstrator went through engine testing in January and has now reportedly completed a low-speed taxi testing program last month at Arlington Municipal Airport (KAWO), in Washington, north of Seattle.

According to a FlightGlobal report from the European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (EBACE 2022) in Geneva, interim CEO Gregory Davis has been quoted as saying high-speed taxi testing won’t be attempted until Alice has received an experimental permit to fly.

Apparently, Eviation had to slow down its timeline based on the ground test results and safety board reviews.

When we completed the ground-test program, we found some things that we needed to tweak and that’s what we are working on as we prepare the aircraft for first flight

Davis told FlightGlobal

Alice | Tech and specs

Alice was first unveiled at the 2019 Paris Air Show. Powered by Magnix Electric Propulsion, it is designed to seat nine passengers and two pilots. “magniX” is a Zero-emissions, all-electric technology recognized by the FAA and selected by NASA to demonstrate electric propulsion technologies for Electric Powertrain Flight Demonstration program.

The prototype at the June 2019 Paris Air Show featured a single pusher propeller and twin wingtip motors, a V-Tail and a taildragger landing gear | Wikipedia

Alice is the first FAR23 category aircraft with a fly-by-wire, fully electronic flight control system, complemented by touch screen flight displays.

The configuration unveiled in July 2021 features twin aft-mounted motors, a T-tail and a tricycle landing gear | Wikipedia

Specifications

Max Cruise Speed
250 knots
Max Range
440 NM
Climb Rate2,000 ft/min
MTOW
16,500 lbs
Payload (Commuter)
2,500 lbs
POWER PLANT
magni650
Max Power
2 x 640 kW
Eviation

Eviation has developed three versions of the prototype: a “commuter” variant, an executive version, and one specialized for cargo.

Commuter

Clean Technicia

With a passenger capacity of 9, the commuter features SkyView panoramic windows, with individually controlled electro-chromatic shades that flood the cabin with natural light. Additionally, it also comes with elegantly-designed seats that come with a 32-inch pitch for generous personal space.

Eviation

Executive

With a passenger capacity of 6, the executive features a state-of-the-art galley, wardrobe, and the largest luggage compartment in class – with ample room for golf clubs, skis or even bikes.

Eviation

Cargo

Temperature controlled for optimal haulage, the cargo version has a volume capacity of 450 cu ft and features forward and aft access doors as well as a secure webbing system.

Eviation

 In 2019, regional carrier Cape Air signed a provisional agreement to be the launch customer for Alice. In August 2021, Deutsche Post announced that it had ordered 12 aircraft for use by DHL to transport cargo, with delivery planned from 2024.  Cape Air confirmed an order for 75 planes in April this year. CapeAir’s proposed fleet of Alices is expected to enter service in 2023 on routes connecting Boston, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and Hyannis.

Eviation is actively working with the FAA to achieve certification for production by 2024.

It really integrates aviation into the fabric of transportation, of our commuter life. It does so while being sustainable, and through being economically viable. Once we start seeing planes like this, the entire way we look at where we live, how we commute, how we go on vacation, will change. It will be a high-speed train without the rail

said Bar-Yohay

About Eviation

Eviation is co-founded by Omer Bar-Yohay and Aviv Tzidon, in Tel Aviv, Israel. Omer and Tzidon both had illustrious careers in the Israeli military before designing advanced powertrain and clean energy generation and storage solutions respectively. In 2020, Eviation moved its HQ to Arlington, WA, USA.

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