Eviation Aircraft unveils all-electric aircraft with 600-mile range

June 23, 2017 by  
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Though flying via airplane is a fast and fun way to travel, it is one of the least environmentally-friendly methods to do so. That may soon change, however, as Eviation Aircraft (a member of NASA’s on-demand mobility program) recently unveiled the first prototype of an all-electric aircraft that has a range of up to 600 miles (965 km). Presented at the 52nd International Paris Air Show, the prototype could be ready to move into certification and commercialization as soon as next year. “At a time when we are more connected than ever, our mobility options must adapt to reflect this new, efficient future,” said Omer Bar-Yohay, CEO of Eviation Aircraft, in a statement. “Whether it is zero emissions , low-cost trip from Silicon Valley to San Diego, or Seoul to Beijing, our all-electric aircraft represents a chance for people to move with the speed and impact our global economy now demands.” The electric aircraft could potentially fly six to nine passengers, in addition to two crew members on long distances. With the intention to commercialize the plane by 2018, Eviation by far has the most aggressive timeline of any company intent on producing an electric plane. Due to the energy density of batteries, electric air transport has been limited. However, the company says it has developed a new aluminum-air battery that will make it possible for consumers to fly without harming the environment . Related: eGenius Plane Sets World Record for Electric Aircraft Speed “Based on an aerial application of  Phinergy Ltd’s Aluminum air battery, coupled with a high power rechargeable battery buffer, and managed by a clever mission specific power analytic algorithm, EViation’s energy system is unique. Providing a true solution to both energy density and utilization, at a cost that beats gas, and with zero emissions,” said Eviation Aircraft. Rather than compete with traditional aviation companies, Eviation will position itself as an Uber-like on-demand transport service. Mark Moore, Uber Engineering Director of Aviation, commented on the Eviation  technology : “We are witnessing a new age in aviation as advances in energy storage and aircraft design bring electric, on-demand air transit within reach. Our focus at Uber is in galvanizing the ecosystem necessary for urban VTOL electric vehicles to thrive for 20-60 mile trips that can provide massive time savings over ground transportation for long trips in cities. In parallel, we are encouraged to see bold new players like Eviation tackling challenges in different sectors using electric aviation; these players will help catalyze demand for new battery and rapid recharging technologies that are crucial to enable electric flight.” Via Elektrek Images via  Eviation Aircraft , Pixabay

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Electric airplane prototype breaks world speed records in test flight

April 6, 2017 by  
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An electric airplane build by Siemens recently set two new world records for battery-powered aircraft by reaching a top speed of about 210 miles per hour. It also became the first electric plane to tow a glider into the sky. The Siemens Extra 330LE prototype plane overcomes one of the key barriers to electricity-powered flight, the weight of the batteries and associated energy density. According to Electrek , Siemens has put a lot of work into the energy density of electric motors, and as a result the 330LE delivers a power output of 260 kilowatts with a weight of just 110 pounds. The end goal of Siemens’ work on this prototype is to produce airlines for regional travel that are powered by a hybrid-electric propulsion system—a project it’s working on in concert with Airbus, which is working on its own E-Fan electric plane concept. Check out the cool video below. As Clean Technica notes, the two records the plane set on March 23, 2017 at Germany’s Dinslaken Schwarze Heide Airfield include a top speed record of 337.50 kilometers per hour (over a distance of 3 kilometers, for an electric aircraft with a takeoff weight of less than 1,000 kilograms); and a top speed record of 342.86 kilometers per hour for an electric aircraft with a takeoff weight of over 1,000 kilograms. The latter record was achieved by tweaking the craft so it was a bit heavier. Pilot, Walter Extra broke the previous record – set by the American pilot William M. Yates in 2013 – by one minute and 10 seconds. Related: Wright Electric unveils revolutionary plan for 150-seat electric passenger plane The plane also brought a glider to a height of 600 meters (about 2,000 feet) in just 76 seconds. “This aerotow provides further, highly visible evidence of our record-setting motor’s performance capabilities,” said Frank Anton, head of eAircraft at the Siemens venture capital unit next47 . “Just six such propulsion units would be sufficient to power a typical 19-seat hybrid-electric airplane.” Via Electre k and Clean Technica Images via Siemens , Copyright: Jean-Marie Urlacher

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SolarWorld and PC-AERO Unveil Two New Solar-Powered Electric Aircrafts

April 23, 2013 by  
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SolarWorld and PC-Aero will present together two of their newest electric solar-powered aircrafts at the AERO Global Show for General Aviation in Friedrichshafen, Germany, this month. The show, scheduled to begin tomorrow, will feature the SolarWorld eOne prototype aircraft and an improved Elektra One Solar . Read the rest of SolarWorld and PC-AERO Unveil Two New Solar-Powered Electric Aircrafts Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: AERO Global Show for General Aviation , electric aircraft , electric plane , Elektra One Solar , elektra one solar plane , ILA Berlin Air Show , lithium ion battery , PC Aero , solar powered aircraft , solar powered plane , SolarWorld , SolarWorld eOne        

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Matternet’s Battery-Powered Drones Could Bring Supplies and Disaster Relief to Remote Areas

March 28, 2013 by  
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While drones are typically—and quite reasonably—associated with the horrors of modern warfare, California-based start-up Matternet , Inc. hopes that a network of peaceful unmanned aerial vehicles could provide vital assistance to communities in need. Their remotely operated electric quadcopters are intended to deliver supplies to people in areas lacking in basic infrastructure, such as remote towns and villages as well as to those in post-disaster zones . Read the rest of Matternet’s Battery-Powered Drones Could Bring Supplies and Disaster Relief to Remote Areas Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Disaster Assistance , Disaster Relief , drone , electric aircraft , electric vehicle , flying robots , Matternet , nasa , Paola Santana , Poverty , robots , rural infrastructure , singularity university , Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

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Elektra One Electric Plane Successfully Completes Maiden Flight

March 25, 2011 by  
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We’re excited to announce that the Elektra One electric airplane has just successfully completed its first and second flights in Augsburg, Germany! Developed by Calin Gologan , the electric aircraft endured a 30 minute emission-free flight. The Elektra One climbed to a height of 1,640 feet at 400 feet per minute, and it handled very well according to test pilots Jon Karkow and Norbert Lorenzen. It also only expended three kilowatt-hours of the total stored six kilowatt-hours available.

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The Cri-Cri Breaks the Electric Aircraft Speed Record

December 6, 2010 by  
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Remember the Cri-Cri, the world’s smallest electric plane ? In August, we wrote how the vehicle had made its first maiden flight near Paris , and now it has shattered the speed record for electric aircraft by travelling at 162 mph . The record was previously been set by an Italian team in 2009 who had travelled at 155 mph — but the amazing thing is that the Cri-Cri was not even trying its hardest.

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Clinton Bush Haiti Fund Gives $800,000 to Architecture for Humanity

December 6, 2010 by  
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Almost 11 months after a catastrophic earthquake leveled buildings and killed thousands in Haiti, the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund has decided to give $800,000 to Architecture for Humanity to go towards their Rebuilding Center in Port-au-Prince.

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