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Alice, the world's first all-electric passenger airplane, creates history in 8 minutes

Ayaan Paul
Ayaan PaulSep 28, 2022 | 16:44

Alice, the world's first all-electric passenger airplane, creates history in 8 minutes

The world's first all-electric passenger aircraft successfully took to the air in its first test flight today in Washington, United States.

Steve Crane piloted the nine-passenger aircraft as it took off from Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake, a facility in Eastern Washington’s high desert that’s often used for testing innovations in aviation.

The zero-emission plane travelled at an altitude of 3,500 feet for its eight-minute inaugural flight.

Eviation CEO Gregory Davis shakes hands with test pilot Steve Crane after the maiden flight
“This is history. We have not seen the propulsion technology change on the aircraft since we went from the piston engine to the turbine engine. It was the 1950s that was the last time you saw an entirely new technology like this come together.”
- Eviation CEO and President Gregory Davis in an interview with CNN Business

Here are some of Alice's specifications:

Eviation, an Israeli company, was founded in 2015 and has been pushing Alice forward ever since. The company hopes to use the information gathered during the flight to aid its production of aircraft by 2027.

The company is working on developing an FAA-certified aircraft through 2025, followed by a year or two of flight testing before it can deliver Alices to customers.

  • A “Commuter” variant: The commuter configuration would hold nine passengers and two pilots, as well as 850 pounds of cargo.
  • An Executive variant: The executive design would have six passenger seats for a more spacious flight.
  • A specialised cargo variant: The cargo version of the plane would hold 450 cubic feet of volume.

Advocates for Alice suggest a promising future for the plane, hinting that the aircraft shall soon become commonplace in the realm of transportation. However, electrical aircraft large enough to rival commercial passenger jets such as the Airbus or Boeing are perhaps still some time away.

Last updated: September 28, 2022 | 16:44
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