The Israeli startup Eviation unveiled at the Paris Air Show the first all-electric plane in the world.
Eviation also signed its first contract to supply two-digit aircraft to the US regional airline, Cape Air. The first electric plane, called Alice, can carry up to nine passengers and cover up to 965 km at a height of 3,000 meters and a speed of 460km / h.
“Alice will redefine the way people travel in the region and usher in a new era of quieter, cleaner and more economical flying,” said Omer Bar-Yohay, CEO of Eviation, Reuters.
The aircraft, which can potentially address the high carbon emissions of conventional aircraft, is currently in test flight and hopes to obtain certification by 2021. Eviation plans to begin shipping merchandise for commercial purposes by 2022.
Dan Wolf, the founder and CEO of Cape Air, said, “We see tremendous opportunities to reduce the environmental impact of our business . “
Alice was designed for short-haul flights and costs around $ 4 million, which is much less expensive than conventional jet aircraft. The aircraft is equipped with three MagniX engines, which can produce 900 killowatts of power.