Eviation Aircraft Ltd., an Israeli aviation company, hosted this week at the Paris Airshow the Eviation Alice, an all-electric passenger plane.
Alice's unusual and modern appearance, which Eviation CEO Omar Bar-Yohay described as "whale-shaped," is due to its aerodynamic efficiency. The plane, which can accommodate nine passengers and two pilots, can fly at 273 miles per hour up to 621 miles on a battery charge at a cost of $ 200 per hour of flight. The battery comprises 65% of the weight of the aircraft.
Eviation already has orders for a series of "double-digit" aircraft from the North American airline Cape Air, with which Eviation signed its first contract. Each plane will cost $ 4 million.
"Operating at a fraction of the cost of conventional aircraft, our Alice will redefine the way people travel through the region and usher in a new era of quieter, cleaner and more profitable flights," Bar-Yohay said.
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The use of electric aircraft, especially if they "take off" and spread, is a step in the right direction toward a cleaner environment, since the high carbon emissions of standard aircraft have been a concern for ecologists. Electric airplanes can also potentially reduce the high costs of air travel due to the large number of airplanes they require.
Bar-Yohay, speaking at a press conference at the Paris Air Show on Tuesday, said that Alice will undergo flight testing this year and will then be tested for certification by the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States ). The company expects Alice to be ready for commercial use in 2022.