The Anonymous Widower

Rolls-Royce And Tecnam Join Forces With Widerøe To Deliver An All-Electric Passenger Aircraft Ready For Service In 2026

The title of this post, is the same as that of this press release from Rolls-Royce.

This is the first paragraph.

Rolls-Royce and airframer Tecnam are joining forces with Widerøe – the largest regional airline in Scandinavia, to deliver an all-electric passenger aircraft for the commuter market, ready for revenue service in 2026. The project expands on the successful research programme between Rolls-Royce and Widerøe on sustainable aviation and the existing partnership between Rolls-Royce and Tecnam on powering the all-electric P-Volt aircraft.

This picture from Rolls-Royce shows the proposed aircraft.

The P-Volt aircraft is based on the Tecnam P2012 Traveller.

The specification of this aircraft is as follows.

  • Crew – 1 or 2
  • Capacity – 9 passengers
  • Powerplant – 2 x 280 jW piston engines.
  • Cruise speed – 200 mph
  • Range – 1090 miles
  • Service ceiling – 19,500 ft.

The aim is to have an aircraft in service by 2026.

Use By Widerøe

This paragraph from the press release, outlines Widerøe‘s planned use of the aircraft.

The collaboration offers an opportunity to develop an exciting solution to the commuter aircraft market. Before the pandemic, Widerøe offered around 400 flights per day using a network of 44 airports, where 74% of the flights have distances less than 275 km. The shortest flight durations are between seven and fifteen minutes. Developing all-electric aircraft will enable people to be connected in a sustainable way and will fulfill Wideroe’s ambition to make its first all-electric flight by 2026. The all-electric P-Volt aircraft, which is based on the 11-seat Tecnam P2012 Traveller aircraft is ideal for the short take-off and landing as well as for routes in the North and the West Coast of Norway.

Conclusion

There are now five electric or low-carbon aircraft in the sub-nineteen passenger segment.

Note.

  1. The Slice and the Faradair are new designs.
  2. The Faradair is hybrid and all the others are fully electric.
  3. The Faradair can carry eighteen passengers and all the others are smaller.
  4. I suspect there are others under development.

Conclusion

The Tecnam P-Volt must have a high chance of success.

  • It’s designed for a purpose in a particular airline.
  • The Widerøe model would apply to large number of small feeder and commuter airlines.
  • Rolls-Royce are well-respected in aviation.
  • An existing airframe is being used, which shortens certification.
  • Norway is not short of a few bob.
  • Cape Air have ordered 93 of the piston engined variant.

I will look forward to flying this aircraft.

 

March 17, 2021 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , , , , , ,

12 Comments »

  1. and don’t forget the magniX ePlane with Harbour Air in Vancouver, which first flew in 2019. Slightly bigger is Zeroavia’s 10-20 seat Piper conversion, now being supported by BA (that was supposed to have a 400km test flight at the end of last year, but there’s been no news that I’ve seen).

    I can easily see these things becoming common over the next 5-10 years. I was interested to see Transport for the North specifically mentioning using small electric planes from smaller airports such as Blackpool or Carlisle to serve the N Ireland market in their response to the Union Connectivity Review. Any flights with no need for passport control should be feasible, with Ireland or Scottish islands, Channel Islands, Isle of Man. Electric planes have better torque/acceleration, so need less runway to take off, and can use smaller airstrips.

    Comment by Peter Robins | March 18, 2021 | Reply

  2. I feel that electric and hydrogen-powered planes with less than 19 seats could be used to open up aviation flying from smaller airports.

    Conversions like the eCaravan, the Harbour Air Beaver and this Tecnam have a great advantage, in that can fly on a Supplemental Type Certificate, as it’s just a power unit change.

    So development costs are lowered.

    I suspect that two of Airbus’s hydrogen planes might be more or less conversions of existing aircraft, which must speed up certification.

    There are some wonderful airports in the UK, that could take swarms of zero-carbon aircraft, How about Barra, Blackpool, Cambridge, Carlisle, Dundee, Haverfordwest, Humberside, Manston, New Quay, Scilly Isles, Shoreham, Southend and Valley for starters.

    Comment by AnonW | March 18, 2021 | Reply

    • one that’s of interest to me is Hawarden/Chester. easyJet were reported a couple of years ago to be in talks about using it. No doubt that’s been shelved at present, but there’s space for adding passenger traffic, and it’s more or less on the N Wales Coast Line, so a station could easily be added. Electric aircraft also have the advantage of making less noise, so there are likely to be fewer complaints from nearby communities.

      Comment by Peter Robins | March 18, 2021 | Reply

      • Hawarden is definitely another. It is 400 miles direct from Schipol.

        What will it do for an area, with a nice airport, that has lots of electric flights for up to say three hundred miles?

        Comment by AnonW | March 18, 2021

      • the problem with continental airports like Schiphol is you need passport control for passenger traffic, which complicates things. I think domestic flights (which includes Ireland) are the better bet for starters. There’s plenty of demand for N to S Wales for example. I used to travel the Marches Line down to Newport quite regularly, but a convenient air service would be way faster.

        Comment by Peter Robins | March 18, 2021

  3. What is needed is an airline like Flybe, that only flies electric aircraft. How about eFlybe.

    Would you believe that eFlybe,com, eFlybe.co.uk and eFlybe.uk are still available.

    Comment by AnonW | March 18, 2021 | Reply

  4. Is there any special reason why the heart aerospace 19 seater is not considered in this list?

    https://heartaerospace.com/

    Comment by Eric Forsberg | March 19, 2021 | Reply

  5. Only that I hadn’t heard of it! Thanks for giving me a link!

    Comment by AnonW | March 19, 2021 | Reply

  6. I note their ambition is for a 2026 in service date, which is the same as the Tecnam/Rolls-Royce/Wideroe aircraft.

    At least one will surely succeed.

    It appears to have a range of 250 miles.

    Oslo and Stockholm might be possible.

    I’ve done it by train.

    https://anonw.com/2013/09/09/a-crazy-train-ride/

    Comment by AnonW | March 19, 2021 | Reply

    • it’ll be interesting to see what RR’s revenue plan is. With conventional engines, they make their money with service contracts, but servicing is likely to be far less with electric engines, so I assume they’ll have to come up with some other way to create revenues.

      Comment by Peter Robins | March 19, 2021 | Reply


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