Monte has ordered 30 Alice electric aircraft with 375Wh/kg batteries

Electric transport is surprisingly also heading for the air. At the turn of September and October of last year, we informed you that an electric plane had been successfully tested Eviation Alice, which is supposed to accommodate a total of 9 passengers in standard class. For the first generation of the aircraft, routes of up to 250 nautical miles are expected, which corresponds to roughly 460 km. According to recent interview with Eviation CEO Gregory Davis, half of global flights are less than 500 nautical miles (926 km) and around 20-30% are under 250 miles, so even with that range it’s still a very large potential market. This is a range that covers a lot of flights between cities around the world. It would be good to point out here that this is not a paper maximum range, but a normal actual range that these aircraft are supposed to handle.

Eviation Alice Monte

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.

Eviation Alice

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.

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