First All-Electric Plane Eviation Alice to display at the Paris Air Show 2019
Many in the aviation industry believe that an electric passenger plane with a useful range and seating capacity is at least a decade away. The Israeli startup Eviation is hoping to prove this year that it can get there a lot sooner.
Eviation Aircraft, a global manufacturer of all-electric aircraft, announced today it has selected magniX, the company powering the electric aviation revolution, to provide its 375 horsepower magni250 propulsion system for Eviation's Alice nine-seater plane. The company is working feverishly to assemble a prototype of its plane by June to display at the Paris Air Show, and to gain an airworthiness certificate shortly thereafter to begin flight testing in the United States.
The magniX propulsion system will be one of two propulsion options for Eviation customers to choose. magniX joins an expanding pool of industry-leading partners that will play a key role in bringing the first zero-emission, all-electric regional commuter plane to market.
"Electrifying middle-mile aviation with fixed-wing aircraft flying between the plethora of existing airports is a logical first step toward better connecting communities," said magniX CEO, Roei Ganzarski. "Together with like-minded leading partners like Eviation, we will see all-electric planes powered by our propulsions systems go into commercial service by 2022, enabling flexible, clean air-travel and package-delivery options at a fraction of today's prices."
Eviation says its plane, dubbed Alice, will be able to cruise at 275 mph with a maximum range of 650 miles, with a half hour of recharging time for every hour in the air. Priced from $3.5 million to $4 million depending on options, Eviation claims that the plane’s reduced maintenance demands and the much lower cost of electricity relative to aviation fuel will give it direct operating costs at best of $165 per hour, or 7 cents per available seat mile, 60% to 75% less than turboprop planes with comparable seating capacity.
"We have been successfully testing the magniX system with our Alice aircraft propeller for quite some time now with great results," said Eviation CEO, Omer Bar-Yohay. "Together with magniX, we're providing an economically and environmentally sustainable mobility solution that will forever change the face of aviation and consumer travel."
Experience aviation's new icon – the first fully operational Alice will be possible at this year's Paris Air Show in Le Bourgèt.
@Photos by Eviation