DHL orders twelve electric aircraft from Eviation
The German postal services giant, DHL Express, has ordered twelve Alice electric aircraft from Eviation. The electric delivery aircraft are scheduled for delivery to DHL Express in 2024. Eviation has scheduled the aircraft’s maiden flight for later this year.
Customcells to deliver batteries for Lilium
The electric air taxi start-up Lilium is relying on Customcells for the series production of battery cells for the seven-seater Lilium Jet. In future, the Porsche partner will be one of the main suppliers to make the existing Lilium battery technology ready for series production and produce it at its plant in Tübingen.
Volocopter gets European manufacturer’s license
The eVTOL start-up Volocopter has received the manufacturer’s licence from the European Aviation Safety Agency EASA. This was made possible by the partial takeover of Volocopter’s long-standing production partner DG Flugzeugbau, which already had this certification.
MagniX presents two aviation propulsion units
The US company MagniX, specializing in electric propulsion systems for aircraft, is presenting two flight-optimized electric propulsion units. These are the magni350 and magni650 propulsion units with a power output of 350 kW and 650 kW, respectively.
Vertical Aerospace announces 1,000 air taxi orders
The British eVTOL start-up Vertical Aerospace announces pre-orders for a total of 1,000 of its electric aerial taxis. In this context, the company also announces that it is seeking an IPO via SPAC and has received commitments from Microsoft, American Airlines, Avolon, Honeywell and Rolls-Royce.
Eve Urban Air reports two major eVTOL orders
The electric aircraft manufacturer Eve Urban Air Mobility Solutions, a subsidiary of the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer, has received two large orders within a few days. Both Halo Aviation and Helisul Aviation are ordering several units of Eve’s vertical take-off and landing electric air taxi.
Bye Aerospace presents 9-seater with serious range
Bye Aerospace has announced an all-electric aircraft with room for up to seven passengers plus one or two pilots. The aircraft, called the eFlyer 800, is said to have already received deposits from customers, however, it remains to be seen when delivery will take place.
HyPoint reveals aviation fuel cell prototype
US hydrogen engineering firm HyPoint has unveiled the first working prototype of its air-cooled hydrogen fuel cell for electric aircraft. The Californian startup plans to start selling the fuel cells to aerospace and eVTOL customers as early as 2022.
Pipistrel developing emissions-free regional aircraft
Slovenian aircraft manufacturer Pipistrel is working on a zero-emission regional aircraft with 20 seats, which should be available between 2028 and 2030. The Miniliner concept now unveiled could fly on hydrogen, although Pipistrel says it is still evaluating various propulsion solutions.