The Anonymous Widower

Alice, The First All-Electric Passenger Airplane, Prepares To Fly

The title of this post, is the same as this article on CNN.

It looks like the first flight is just weeks away.

This paragraph describes the aircraft and compares it to a Boeing 737.

With battery technology similar to that of an electric car or a cell phone and 30 minutes of charging, the nine-passenger Alice will be able to fly for one hour, and about 440 nautical miles. The plane has a max cruise speed of 250 kts, or 287 miles per hour. For reference, a Boeing 737 has a max cruise speed of 588 miles per hour. The company, focused exclusively on electric air travel, hopes that electric planes that can fit 20 to 40 passengers will be a reality in seven to 10 years.

Fully electric flight on short routes is a lot closer than we think.

Note, that 440 nautical miles will give sufficient range from London to Amsterdam, Belfast, Cork, Frankfurt, Inverness and  Paris.

February 1, 2022 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , ,

3 Comments »

  1. A more sensible speed comparison is a turboprop such as a ATR 42 (or something a bit smaller with a propeller), which cruises at 345mph, as more typical of likely mission.

    ATR 42 has longer range, though.

    Comment by MilesT | February 4, 2022 | Reply

  2. An even greener plane would be based on a recycled airframe.

    I wonder if a DC3 could be recycled to electric or H2 use. There is already a company that rebuilds DC3 as turboprop (Basler), and reducing emissions in the sorts of natural environments that this sort of plane is typically used for must be a benefit.

    Maybe Airbus could partner or buy Basler for this purpose (another poke in the eye for Boeing, who bought the successor company to Douglas).

    Comment by MilesT | February 6, 2022 | Reply

  3. I am of the opinion, that the A 320 neo has been designed so that it can be turned into a hydrogen-powered aircraft and I wrote about it in this post.

    Could An A320 neo Be Rebuilt As A ZEROe Turbofan?

    It would be very handy for an aircraft manufacturer to sell say Air Yuck a fleet of aircraft, that could be turned into hydrogen aircraft in ten years or so.

    Comment by AnonW | February 6, 2022 | Reply


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