Eviation Aircraft has taken delivery of the first Alice Electric Propulsion Unit (EPU) from magniX.
The delivery, to Eviation’s facility in Arlington, Washington, is a major milestone in the build of the all-electric aircraft Alice which is preparing for its first flight later this year.
The Alice can fly nine passengers for up to 440 nautical miles and will be powered exclusively by magniX propulsion systems. The flight-proven magniX EPUs have been powering aircraft in flight since December 2019 and are on a path to FAA Part 33 certification in 2022. According to a statement to press, the EPUs offer an exceptional level of redundancy and reliability with consistent performance.
“Milestone in emission-free, low-cost, all-electric aviation”
Eviation CEO Omer Bar-Yohay said: “The magniX delivery is one of the key milestones in getting emission free, low-cost, all-electric aviation off the ground with the first flight of Alice. After many successful flights and tests of the magniX EPUs, we’re confident the system will propel us to bringing Alice to market and delivering a sustainable, scalable mobility solution that will revolutionize passenger and cargo flights.”
Roei Ganzarski, CEO of magniX, added: “The Alice is the epitome of the future of air transportation. All-electric by design, taking advantage of light-weight powerful and reliable propulsion systems. Together, we will enable a great flying experience – zero emissions, quieter, lower cost, all from and to airports closer to more communities.”
Eviation will soon begin a flight testing and certification programme.
Video courtesy of Eviation Aircraft