Jun 19, 2018 - 06:07 pm
Electric mini-plane takes flight in Norway
In Oslo an electric mini-plane made by Slowenian manufacturer Pipistrel took off for a short test flight with the Norwegian minister for transport Ketil Solvik-Olse. The Alpha Electro G2 aircraft was piloted by Dag Falk-Peterson, head of the state-owned company Avinor, which operates Norwegian airports.
Jun 4, 2018 - 03:21 pm
Lufthansa puts Swedish eTug to work at FRA (gallery)
Frankfurt Airport (FRA) operates an extensive electrification strategy. As it is Lufthansa’s home base, the airline complements the airport’s efforts and has turned to Sweden’s Kalmar to order their 700 kW eTug that can tow very large jets emissionfree.
May 26, 2018 - 05:18 pm
Uber to test air taxis in Paris
The ride-share company Uber is working on the development of electric air taxis and announced their first research and development center outside of the USA, which will open in Paris in Fall this year.
May 22, 2018 - 05:17 pm
Jetsuite to buy up to 100 hybrid planes from Zunum
The US startup Zunum, which is supported by Boeing, has found its first customer for the twelve-seated hybrid aircraft: The California-based charter company JetSuite will purchase up to 100 of the hybrid aircraft.
May 12, 2018 - 08:46 pm
Uber presents tentative air taxi design
Uber has brought their latest flying cab design to their second annual Elevate conference in Los Angeles. The ride hail company hopes to be using their drone-like “flying car” for personal taxi transport as of 2023.
Apr 22, 2018 - 06:49 pm
Bye Aerospace’s first electric plane takes off
Bye Aerospace, or better, Hi electric flying, as the start-up’s Sun Flyer 2 has successfully managed its maiden flight. The two-seater electric plane runs on Li-ion batteries by LG Chem and is said to be capable to stay airborne for up to 3.5 hours.
Apr 18, 2018 - 01:51 pm
Volocopter shows air taxi stations for 10,000 people/day
German startup Volocopter presents infrastructure for its electric flying cab service in the making. It consists of so-called Volo-Ports leading to Volo-Hubs, designed to shuttle thousands of passengers through each day. Volocopter wants to launch the first within 10 years.
Mar 22, 2018 - 07:37 pm
AeroMobil presents flying car with VTOL capability
The Slovakian company AeroMobil has presented their concept for a flying car. The AeroMobil 5.0 VTOL is a purely electric four-seater, that can take off and land vertically. It is to be market ready in the next 7 to 10 years.
Mar 13, 2018 - 05:26 pm
Kitty Hawk’s electric flying cab called Cora takes off
Backed by Google co-founder Larry Page, Kitty Hawk formerly known as Zee-Aero, has finally launched its electric, autonomous air taxi Cora. It is a VTOL with two seats and twelve electric motors and got the backing of New Zealand’s new prime minister.
Mar 8, 2018 - 09:52 am
Audi, Italdesign and Airbus show autonomous EV aircraft
Audi, Italdesign and Airbus have introduced Pop.Up Next, an all-electric, fully automatic concept for horizontal and vertical mobility. Basically, the concept features a two-seater cabin that can be attached to either a car or a flight module.
Feb 22, 2018 - 04:25 pm
Airbus Vahana undergoes first flight tests (Video)
Recently Airbus launched a series of tests with their autonomous, electric vertical-take-off-and-landing aircraft, although they were only about a minute in duration, and only a few meters above the ground. A video shows the VTOL in action.
Feb 15, 2018 - 06:46 pm
Eviation Aircraft sets sights on Kokam batteries
The israeli startup Eviation Aircraft, which raised some eyebrows at last years Paris Air Show with the prototype of its electrical light aircraft “Alice”, has officially announced the source for the batteries they will be using in their planes: South Korea’s Kokam.
Feb 8, 2018 - 06:21 pm
Samad Aerospace introduces hybrid VTOL aircraft
A three-engine, hybrid-electric airplane was unveiled by the British aviation startup and will be called the Starling Jet. It will be able to take off and land vertically, and offers 10 seats. A flight range of up to 2,400 km is made possible by burning diesel once airborne.
Feb 3, 2018 - 03:41 pm
Electric airplane startup Joby generates 100 million dollars
Joby Aviation is another new name in the electric aviation business and is coming in hot with an impressive 100 million dollars in funding and backers such as Intel, Toyota and JetBlue. Plans include an all-electric, five seated vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft.
Jan 30, 2018 - 06:02 pm
Boeing invests in aerospace battery startup Cuberg
Boeing has invested in Berkeley-based Cuberg, a startup which counts former students from Stanford University among its founders. The researchers are working on a lithium metal battery for potential aerospace applications.
Jan 18, 2018 - 01:45 pm
Norway: All short-haul flights to run all-electric by 2040
The Scandinavian country intends to extend its pioneer role in transport electrification to the sky: Avinor, the state-owned operator of the country’s airports, says that it targets to run all short-haul flights of up to 1.5 hours fully electric by 2040.
Jan 17, 2018 - 04:36 pm
Electric drone to shuttle passengers across London
British start-up Autonomous Flight is working on a drone capable of carrying commuters from central London to Heathrow airport in 12 min. The Y6S VTOL is set to take-off this year and the company is not alone in its ambition to take the last virgin airspace left.
Jan 11, 2018 - 05:19 pm
Boeing unveils electric-powered cargo drone (video)
U.S. aircraft manufacturer Boeing presents the prototype of an unmanned VTOL model, capable of carrying a payload of up to 225 kilos. The aircraft’s dimensions are 4.57 x 5.49 x 1.22 metres, it weighs 339 kilos and features eight counter rotating blades.
Jan 9, 2018 - 05:03 pm
Pipistrel’s electric aircraft ready for serial production
The Slovenian manufacturer successfully completed first test flights with its 2-seat electric aircraft in Australia. Just a few months ago, it received a Special Certificate of Airworthiness from Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority.
Nov 28, 2017 - 04:22 pm
100-seater hybrid aircraft to take-off in 2020
Airbus, Siemens and Rolls Royce announce a hybrid airplane ready to take-off in 2020, thus bringing the dream of electric flying in close proximity. The E-Fan X will fly regional routes first and serve to propel electric aviation.