Although some administrations are not clear about it, not only cars pollute. A good part of the CO2 emissions produced in the world comes from airplanes, which is why the focus has recently been placed on air transport, especially in private flights.
There are not a few celebrities who use their private jet for short-term flights in which they emit tons of CO2 and some countries have already had enough. Without going any further, France is fed up with how the rich travel and the Government wants to nip these movements in the bud via taxes and accountability.
But the heavy hand is not the only solution. There are alternatives to traditional private jets, such as the eviation electric planea zero-emission private jet that has just successfully completed its maiden flight.
The takeoff of the electric plane
Aviation companies have been working for years on projects to reduce emissions contaminants. Airbus relies on hydrogen and intends to have the first zero-emission aircraft for the commercial market ready by 2035. For its part, Rolls-Royce successfully completed the first flight of its electric aircraft more than a year ago.
Now it is a lesser-known company that has taken a giant step to lay the foundations for the zero emission aviation. This is Eviation, which a few days ago made the first successful flight of its all-electric Alice plane.
For now, the Eviation Alice is a prototype, but its maiden flight means that these types of aircraft are beginning to make sense. The Eviation Alice reaches a top speed of 481 km/h thanks to its two motors of 700 kW each (940 CV each).
It measures 17.40 meters long, 19.2 meters wide and 3.84 meters high, so its dimensions are similar to those of a private jet. Both outside and inside.
And it is that its cabin can be configured for executive use, for the transport of goods, with a capacity of 1,133 kg, and for the transport of passengers, with capacity for nine occupantsto which the two pilots add.
About the capacity of its battery or the charging times Eviation has not said anything yet, but the company has indicated that, at the moment, the Alice is only used to complete short haul flights (around 400 km of autonomy), but many private jets carry out similar journeys every day.
The inaugural flight took place in the United States and although it only lasted eight minutes, it is historic because it is the first test with an electric passenger plane. Eviation’s goal is to further develop the Alice to carry to production before 2027.
Today, our all-electric Alice aircraft electrified the skies and embarked on an unforgettable world’s first flight. See Alice make history in the video clip below. We’re honored to celebrate this groundbreaking leap towards a more #sustainable future.#electricaviation pic.twitter.com/Q9dFoTPyiB— Eviation Aircraft (@EviationAero) September 27, 2022
As pointed out by the media Simple Flying there is already firm orders of several airlines, both to acquire passenger transport units and to shape small zero-emission cargo fleets formed by Eviation Alice eCargo.
Its specifications are not enough to fight against conventional aircraft, but the world of aviation has demonstrated for more than a century that it is one of the industries with the most capacity for evolution. The Evation Alice it’s just the first step of all-electric aviation.
Source: Motorpasión by www.motorpasion.com.
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