Electric airplanes are finally finding practical applications after many decades of research and development. When compared with normal jet engine airplanes, electric airplanes stand out in the field of quick response, less noise, better handling of crosswind situations, and the ability to produce differential thrust.
Let’s take a look at all the recent breakthroughs in the electric aviation field by understanding the technology behind Eviation Alice which is the most advanced electric airplane so far. Watch the video from Lesics for more info:
The Eviation Alice is a projected electric aircraft designed to accommodate nine passengers and two crew. Currently under development, its construction incorporates 95% composite material, is powered by two electric motors, and has a T-tail.With 260 Wh/kg cells, the 900 kWh battery capacity 3,460 kg is initially estimated to give the design a range of 1,000–1,200 km at 240 knots and 3,048 m.
This is anticipated to increase as battery technology improves.The batteries have been tested to more than 1,000 cycles, equivalent to 3,000 flight hours.The electric drivetrain will have a higher voltage than current electrical systems.Two 850 hp (630 kW) Magni650 electric motors will drive two propellers mounted on the aft fuselage.