eviation unveils all-electric 'alice' aircraft with 600 mile range
 

eviation unveils all-electric 'alice' aircraft with 600 mile range

on the tarmac of the 52nd international salon of aeronautics and space, better known as the paris air show, eviation aircraft took the wraps off their ‘alice’ aircraft, an all-electric plane with the capacity to travel up to 600 miles. measuring a total length of  5.8m, the nifty little plane carry up to nine people, and gives of no harmful emissions in the process. with the unveiling of ‘alice,’ eviation looks towards next era of aviation innovation, integrating electrical design right from the start.

eviation unveils all-electric 'alice' aircraft with 600 mile range
the ‘alice’ aircraft can fly up to 600 miles on a single charge 
images courtesy of Eviation

 

 

the ‘alice’ aircraft focuses on maximizing flight efficiency, and reducing energy consumption. with a philosophy of ‘electric from conception’ eviation has rethought the design of the plane’s airframe, propeller and motor to conserve more energy. made entirely from composites, the whole craft is designed to be ultra light, making it 300 times more energy efficient than other planes of the same size. the aircraft gets its power from a Li-lon – 980 kWh battery. the energy pack fires up one main pusher propeller at the tail and two pusher propellers at the wingtips, reducing both drag and redundancy.

eviation unveils all-electric 'alice' aircraft with 600 mile range
the plane has been unveiled at the paris air show 2017

 

 

the aircraft uses lithium-aluminum fusion technology, allowing for a  delivers a 600 mile range per flight before re-charging is required. it’s long range makes the plane the ideal craft for an air-taxi, increasing the convenience of city-hopping whilst reducing the carbon footprint of short-distance flights. the startup has high aspirations, and is already a member of NASA’s mobility Program, and the general aviation manufacturers’ association (GAMA) committee–responsible for electric propulsion and innovation.

eviation unveils all-electric 'alice' aircraft with 600 mile range
eviation has redesigned the plane’s airframe to conserve more energy

 

 

‘as we are more connected than ever before, our mobility options need to be adapted to reflect this new and effective future,’ says omer bar-yohay , ceo of eviation aircraft. ‘whether it’s a zero-emission, low-cost trip between silicon valley and san diego, or from seoul to beijing, our fully electric airplane is a chance for those who want to get around quickly and have the impact that our globalized economy demands today.’

eviation unveils all-electric 'alice' aircraft with 600 mile range
the ‘alice’ plane can carry up to nine people

eviation unveils all-electric 'alice' aircraft with 600 mile range
the plane is driven by one main pusher propeller at the tail and two pusher propellers at the wingtips

eviation unveils all-electric 'alice' aircraft with 600 mile range
the ‘alice’ craft is built from composites

eviation unveils all-electric 'alice' aircraft with 600 mile range
the plane weights 300 times less than others of the same size

  • the redundancy is the wingtips/pusher prop. if one of the tips fails, you still have the the pusher & vise versa. using currently available lithium tech, true, NOT viable for commercial aircraft. BUT- if you read any of the article, they do not plan on using current battery tech. ‘lithium-aluminum’ is something altogether new. obviously, this is their break-through. and as for the cg, makes perfect sense if you locate the batteries forward of the wing chord.

    jay bee
  • That’s where future is going! I only doubt that props on the wing ends will work redundantly because with just one you get an enormous torque around the high axis.

    Dirk
  • A Tesla battery pack starts at 450 kg and has a maximum of 100 KWh of power, so we are looking at 4500 kg for batteries, more than the Piaggio P180 weighs. Sure.

    And the motors are at the end of the wing, so when one fails, the other needs to be shut down, to maintain straight flight. Of course redundancy is good, that is why all the magic weigh saving in the airframe can be wasted on a second door and stairs – with railings that are as long as the plane is wide.

    Is that 600 km of range with a reserve, in case that airport is blocked and you need to reroute or wait out weather? Usually max. range is based on an empty weight (plus fuel). For commercial service the range is with pilots, passengers, luggage, and reserve. At an under 300km useful range, this won’t find any buyers, even if they do engineer the magic numbers they predict.

    Nice renderings do not deserve the status of an “unveiling” since there is nothing to unveil. Maybe “press-release” or “aspiration” might be appropriate titles.

    Robert Buss
  • Total fail. I can’t believe anyone could think this is anything other than a fantasy. “…weights 300 times less than others of the same size”: well, a Piaggio P180 weighs about 8400 lbs. empty, so that would mean the “To the Moon!” Alice would weigh, uh, less than my bicycle loaded with groceries? Hah hah hah hah hah! The other claims are equally ridiculous. Don’t get me started about the twin doors… that is a detail too absurd to be believed.

    Bryan Allen
  • I cannot see how the centre of gravity is in the right place relative to the wing. On the Piaggio Avanti the wing is much further back.

    Chris P
  • What a revolutionary concept. I wish you well in the development phase and look forward to seeing the first flights in Dubai though I will not be there in person.
    Barry Tempest FRAeS
    Armageddon Associates
    http://www.generalaviation-aero.co.uk
    Vice President – Historic Aircraft Association – UK

    Barry Tempest
  • Let’s go… bring on the future.

    Jim

    JimCan

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