First commercial electric plane to make maiden flight in 2022

Deepak Gupta January 15, 2022
Updated 2022/01/15 at 3:55 AM

Officially announced at the Paris Air Show in 2019, the Alice was presented as the first commercial electric plane created, revolutionizing a new mode of air transport. After the end of the ground tests, the twin-engine will be ready to perform its first flight.

the Israeli company eviation, responsible for the project, had the objective of doing tests on the track still in 2021, however, with the bad weather conditions at the end of the year, the company postponed and started to carry out them at the beginning of this year.

So this week, Eviation completed engine and high-speed taxi tests on the runway at Arlington Municipal Airport, north of Seattle, Washington.

According to information from the manufacturer, in addition to the commercial class, the Alice can be transformed into two other versions, executive and cargo.

About the Alice electric plane

Designed primarily to reduce maintenance costs by up to 70% of conventional twins, the plane is 12 meters long, can carry up to nine passengers, plus two crew members, and can hold up to 130 kg of cargo.

Alice has a range of 440 miles (about 815 kilometers) with a top speed of 250 knots (or 462 km/h) on just one battery charge. The plane also has two 640-kilowatt Magni650 engines, designed by American manufacturer MagniX.

Flight tests are expected to begin in the first half of 2022.

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Via: observer

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