Alice electric passenger plane - Joint venture by Israel US and Singapore flew for 8 minutes

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by Ifi Reporter Category:Hitech Sep 27, 2022

The Elis plane is designed for regional flights, as a passenger plane with 9 passengers and 2 crew members, an aircraft carrier or a cargo plane. It is capable of flying a range of up to 830 km, at a speed of up to 460 km, and carrying a weight of 1.1 tons. It has two engines with a power of 850 hp each, and batteries with a capacity of 900 kilowatt hours, like 15 popular electric cars. But the batteries make up about 60% of the plane's weight at takeoff, which currently makes it difficult to build an electric plane for longer ranges.

The company's development center operates in the Kadima industrial area in Sharon, but the maiden flight and licensing will take place in the US, to make it easier for the plane to receive the approvals of the US Federal Aviation Administration. The production line is also expected to be built in the US. So far, Aviation has received letters of interest for the purchase of 127 aircraft, mainly from American airlines, and the cargo company DHL. The price of the plane: 4 million dollars.
"Seven years we waited for this day, and the first Zionist electric plane is finally in the air," said yesterday Zidon, who continues to serve as a board member and shareholder in the company. "Seven years ago we had an idea and we went a long way. The production in Israel did not help, the state showed no interest, and we started the transition to the USA. At the time of the transition, there were 30 people in the company, today there are 100. Unlike others, we did not convert an airplane to electric drive, we built it in advance as such, like Tesla. Because we are the first in the field, we developed the plane in consultation with the American Aviation Administration, to make it easier for us now in the even more critical licensing phase for a new company."
Most of the company's management is now American, with the Israeli Lior Zivan serving as its chief engineer. Former Chief of Staff Danny Halutz is also a member of its board of directors.
Despite the limited range, the Elise should be suitable for most civil flights that are carried out in the USA, and offer dramatically lower operating costs than turboprop aircraft of its size. According to Avishan, this is about 75% less. The batteries should last about 3,000 flight hours, and then be replaced At a cost of about 250 thousand dollars, about half the cost of refurbishing classic engines after a similar period of use.

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