It is very common to find in different places and areas, many people who still support internal combustion engines and resist the arrival of electric propulsion as an option. And it is very common to hear as a defense, that before looking at the cars, You should look up and question the planes. Neither one is completely right, nor is the other completely wrong.
Engines that work with spark and explosion they must replace the fossil fuel with one that is not. The current options are in biofuels, still in balanced proportions with petroleum derivatives in most uses, synthetic fuels, and hydrogen.
And planes must lower their emissions too. The hydrogen alternative seems to be the best, but electricity continues to generate progress in different projects in various parts of the world.
One of the cases is that of the North American startup Evasion Aircraft, which this week took to the air for its first flight, a small aircraft fully electric named Alicein a short journey that had an extension of 8 minutes. The flight left from Grant County International Airport in Washingtonrose to about 1,000 meters of altitude and returned to the starting point, demonstrating its complete adaptation to all the basic requirements that it must have at a dynamic level.
Alice is an aircraft that has a capacity to carry 9 passengers in addition to the two pilots, since it has a capacity of load of 1,100 kilos. Its aerodynamic profile is slightly different from what is traditionally seen in aircraft of this size, with a shape that maintains a somewhat flatter lower surface, which does not maintain the curvature of the rest of the fuselage.
On a technical level, the plane is powered by two electric motors magniX magni650, features AVL battery holder containing 21,500 Tesla-style small cells, and is intended for both the passenger and cargo markets. It will normally operate flights going from 240 to 400 away.
So far, and while awaiting the certification of the Federal Aviation Administrationreservations have already been made by two local passenger transport companies, Cape Air Y Global Crossing Airlineswho have acquired between both, 125 aircraftwhile DHLExpress has been the first cargo transport company to have booked the first 12 aircraft of the Alice eCargo model.
“Today we embark on the next era of aviation: we have successfully electrified the skies with Alice’s unforgettable first flight,” he said. Gregory DavisExecutive Director of Eviation Aircraft. “People now know what affordable, clean and sustainable aviation looks and sounds like for the first time in an all-electric aircraft. fixed wing This milestone will lead innovation in sustainable air travel and shape passenger and cargo travel in the future”, he remarked after landing the electric plane after its first flight.
This first journey in the air will be followed by more flights of testing and validation, which are part of the development of the aircraft, during which the limits will be sought and their performance will be evaluated under a wide variety of conditions.
There are still a couple of years until the plane goes into series production. Those responsible for Eviation Aircraft estimate that It will not be until 2025 that deliveries begin to companies that have reserved units. Aviation is much more complex to validate and homologate vehicles, taking into account safety, the basis of the activity, and the high cost of manufacturing an aircraft.
The interesting thing is that these developments appear as an alternative that could accelerate the decision that several governments are studying, which they intend to eliminate air routes of less than 500 km for territories in which there is electric railway as an alternative means of transportation. If electric planes can bridge those distances in an hour or less, and without emitting greenhouse gases, an important step will have been taken in decarbonizing air travel.
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