The final version of the aircraft is now being completed and certification testing should begin in 2025 (but it was originally planned for 2023). It is estimated that the first commercial flights could take place in 2027. This first version of the aircraft will have batteries with an energy density of 375 Wh/kg, which is already existing and not future technology. Davis says battery technology has come a long way in the past few years. In terms of lifespan, 3,000 charging cycles and a program for their secondary use after they reach the end of their life in the aircraft are calculated. Costs against the standard aircraft in use today should be 40% lower for the electric version. Batteries will be charged outside the aircraft and replaced during night maintenance. It will not be a large battery module, but a system of many small independent “cassettes”. As for the lifespan of the aircraft, he expects 25 years.
Even at the turn of March and April, more than 300 aircraft were ordered for a total of 3 billion USD. E.g. regional airline Cape Air ordered 75, Global Crossing Airlines (GlobalX) placed an order for 50, DHL Express ordered 12 aircraft. Other customers include Air New Zealand, Evia Aero, Northern Territory Air Services and now a British company is joining Monte. It is a British company that leases aircraft to other carriers. This company has ordered 30 Alice electric aircraft and will provide carriers with not only financing but also charging infrastructure. The total order volume for the Alice electric aircraft has already exceeded USD 4 billion.
Source: Svět hardware by www.svethardware.cz.
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