Eviation’s electrical commuter aircraft Alice makes first check flight


The primary totally electrical commuter aircraft Alice from Eviation Plane (earlier submit) efficiently accomplished its maiden flight at Moses Lake, Washington. Alice lifted off on 27 Sep at 7:10 a.m. from Grant County Worldwide Airport (MWH), flying for a complete of eight minutes and reaching an altitude of three,500 toes.


Eviation Alice is focused at commuter and cargo markets, and can usually function flights starting from 150 miles to 250 miles. Cape Air and International Crossing Airways, each US-based regional airways, have positioned orders for 75 and 50 Alice plane respectively. In 2021, DHL Specific introduced that it ordered 12 all-electric Alice eCargo planes from Eviation, making it Eviation’s first cargo buyer.

Our compliments to Eviation on the profitable first flight of Alice! Finishing its maiden flight confirms our perception that the period of sustainable aviation is right here. With our order of 12 Alice e-cargo planes, we’re investing in the direction of our total aim of net-zero emissions logistics. Alice’s vary and capability makes it a singular sustainable answer for our world aviation community, supporting our aspiration to make a considerable contribution in decreasing our carbon footprint and finally, reaching net-zero emissions by 2050.

—John Pearson, CEO DHL Specific


The all-electric Alice plane contains a most working pace of 260 knots and a most helpful load of two,500 lbs for passenger model and a couple of,600 lbs for eCargo model.

Alice is accessible in three variants together with a nine-passenger commuter, a six-passenger govt cabin, and an eCargo model. All configurations help two crew members. The manager cabin and eCargo variations are equivalent to the commuter configuration, apart from the inside.


magni650 EPU mounted on pylon

Alice is powered by two magni650 electrical propulsion models (EPUs) from magniX, the one flight-proven electrical propulsion methods at this scale. The magni650 EPU is a 850 SHP / 640 kW / 3,000 N·m – class EPU. Every EPU features a magni650 motor, 4 X magniDrive 100, and a closed-loop built-in thermal administration system.

The EPU is designed to offer the required torque and energy turning at low RPMs, the identical pace because the propeller. This permits a direct motor-to-propeller connection, eliminating the necessity for a heavy maintenance-prone gearbox.

A 4×3-phase structure permits for redundancy, elevated reliability and sleek degradation ought to a fault happen. For instance, within the occasion of a brief circuit, one 3-phase part may be turned off, permitting the pilot 75% of full energy.

The magniDrive 100 is a multi-application, high-performance energy electronics unit together with each the inverter and motor controller features. It’s designed as ‘bi-directional’, able to each DC/AC operation for propulsion and AC/DC operation for technology. It’s appropriate for HVDC networks of as much as 800 VDC.

Designed for unpressurized operation, the magniDrive 100 combines excessive thermal efficiency, EMI immunity and lightning safety for metallic and composite buildings. The magniDrive 100 can help each analog throttle inputs (to be used in retrofits, for instance) in addition to Fly-By-Wire controls (for newly designed plane).


Different key suppliers embrace AVL (battery help); GKN (wings); Honeywell (superior fly-by-wire system, flight controls and avionics); Multiplast (fuselage); Parker Aerospace (six know-how methods); and Potez (doorways).

Alice’s superior battery system is very environment friendly and endlessly upgradeable enabling vary enhancements as battery know-how evolves. The plane additionally incorporates a fly-by-wire cockpit, offering larger reliability and methods redundancy.


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