Eviation targets commuters with electric aircraft Alice
Manufacturer plans to begin shipping the aircraft for commercial use in 2022
The electric aircraft Alice, manufactured by Eviation Aircraft, was unveiled at the Paris Air Show. Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg
An electric aircraft capable of flying up to 650 miles with nine passengers made its debut at the Paris Air Show on Tuesday, with its manufacturer targeting regional commuter routes such as the French capital to the southern city of Toulouse.
The impact of air travel on the environment has become a key focus of climate campaigners and airlines have long been looking at ways to address emissions and their costs through new designs and cleaner technologies.
“Operating at a fraction of the costs of conventional jetliners, our Alice will redefine how people travel regionally and usher in a new era of flying that is quieter, cleaner and cost effective,” Eviation chief executive Omer Bar-Yohay said.
It said its first commercial customer would be Cape Air, one of the largest independent regional airlines in the United States, serving 35 cities there and in the Caribbean.
Cape Air has a “double-digit” purchase option for Alice, a statement said.
“We see tremendous opportunities to reduce the environmental impact of our operations,” Cape Air founder and chief executive Dan Wolf said in a statement released from the air show, which has been dominated by deals for industry heavyweights Boeing and Airbus.
Following test flights this year and certification in 2021, Eviation said it planned to begin shipping the aircraft for commercial use in 2022.