Eviation To Test All-Electric Alice Aircraft Following EPU Delivery
American company Eviation is preparing to launch test flights of an all-electric 9-seat aircraft known as Alice.
- Alice was originally introduced to the world at the 2019 Paris Air Show.
- The aircraft can travel up to 440 NM, carrying up to nine passengers.
- Eviation has been working closely with magniX, a company powering the future of electric aviation.
The delivery of an electric propulsion unit (EPU) supplied by magniX has only pushed development to a possible testing stage. That is according to Eviation CEO Omer Bar-Yohay: “The magniX delivery is one of the key milestones in getting emission-free, low-cost, all-electric aviation off the ground with the first flight of Alice.”
So, when could we see Alice out in the open? Eviation hopes to have her flight-ready by 2023. Furthermore, it will launch in US/EU markets first, then — after that, who knows?
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A closer look at Alice
In terms of features/specifications, Alice is an all-electric plane capable of travelling 400 NM, or 506 miles, on a single charge. It’s powered by an 820 kWh lithium-ion battery pack weighing in at a staggering 8,200 lb. That’s more than half the weight of the craft itself for those wondering.
Alice can carry nine passengers, which puts it in a league of its own, so to speak. You see, not a lot of electric aircraft can travel over 500 miles, let alone transport over half a dozen people.
The introduction of Alice addresses an issue outlined by magniX CEO Roei Ganzarski. He wants people to rethink aviation in terms of routes and consider EV as a worthy alternative. And Eviation agrees with this notion wholeheartedly, hence the partnership.
“The Alice is the epitome of the future of air transportation. All-electric by design, taking advantage of lightweight powerful and reliable propulsion systems. Together, we will enable a great flying experience – zero emissions, quieter, lower cost, all from and to airports closer to more communities.”
— Roei Ganzarski, CEO of magniX
Alice, hailed as the “world’s first all-electric” commuter, will come with a hefty price tag, as expected. Remember, electric aviation still has a ways to go. People tend to make unfair comparisons to the electric car market, which is like comparing apples to oranges.
Besides, low maintenance costs make purchasing these sustainable birds cheaper in the long haul; it’s one of the main hallmarks of EV in general.
If everything goes to plan, Alice is simply the beginning. What do you think? Will Alice break new ground high above the clouds?