Mar 21, 2023 - 02:08 pm
Fortum explores hydrogen at airports with ZeroAvia
Finnish energy company Fortum and the low-carbon flight specialists from ZeroAvia want to explore developing hydrogen production and refuelling infrastructure at airports. The Memorandum of Understanding mentions a network of zero-emission flight routes.
Mar 21, 2023 - 10:42 am
Energica takes to the skies
Energica Motor Company is getting ready for takeoff. The Italian motorbike manufacturer, a subsidiary of the US group Ideanomics, wants to develop “all-electric solutions for ultra-light and light aircraft.”
Mar 16, 2023 - 04:10 pm
Autoflight to deliver 205 eVTOLs to Evfly
The Chinese air taxi start-up Autoflight has signed a contract with the company Evfly for an initial 205 of its electric air taxis. Evfly specialises in the operation of eVTOLs and their fleet management and is ordering an unspecified mix of the ‘Prosperity I’ and ‘Prosperity Cargo’ models.
Mar 6, 2023 - 11:51 am
Autoflight reports 250 km flight with eVTOL prototype
Chinese air taxi startup Autoflight announces what it claims is the world’s longest eVTOL flight to date. Its electric flying cab, ‘Prosperity I’, allegedly covered a distance of 250 kilometres without stopping to charge. The flying taxi is scheduled for certification in 2025.
Mar 3, 2023 - 12:13 pm
Singapore is getting serious about the environment
Singapore will reduce its domestic emissions by rolling out various green initiatives across the land, air and sea transport sectors. The measures include electrifying bus fleets, as well as support vehicles in the airport and harbour, and a major charging initiative.
Feb 22, 2023 - 04:56 pm
Alauda presents crewed electric aerial racer
The Australian company Alauda Aeronautics has presented the latest development stage of its electric flying car for the EXA racing series. The Airspeeder Mk4 is the version that will compete in crewed races for the first time in 2024.
Feb 22, 2023 - 02:00 pm
Solithor & Sonaca work on solid-state cells for UAM
Solid-state batteries for electric aircraft are the focus of new cooperation between two Belgian companies. Solid-state specialist Solithor and aerospace company Sonaca want to develop solid-state lithium cells for regional aviation and urban air mobility (UAM).
Feb 10, 2023 - 01:58 pm
Lilium increases stake in Ionblox
Californian battery developer Ionblox has closed a US$32 million Series B funding round, with Bavarian electric taxi startup Lilium also participating.
Feb 10, 2023 - 01:41 pm
Nidec subsidiary to develop aircraft drives
Nidec Leroy-Somer has been contracted by Airbus to develop electric motors for a future hydrogen-electric propulsion system. The prototypes are to meet “very high requirements in terms of safety, reliability, energy efficiency and weight”.
Feb 9, 2023 - 01:01 pm
PowerCell to develop aviation fuel cells
PowerCell is developing the next generation of fuel cells for aviation as part of the EU’s Clean Aviation Joint Undertaking. The Swedish specialist has joined the ‘Newborn’ project, which aims to develop a megawatt-class fuel cell propulsion system for aircraft.
Feb 3, 2023 - 11:22 am
Pyka unveils autonomous electric cargo aircraft
Powered by four electric motors with a total output of 100 kW, the Pelican Cargo by Pyka is said to be the largest autonomous electric aircraft to date. The model has a payload of 400 pounds and a range of 200 miles, or 181 kilograms up to 320 kilometres.
Jan 31, 2023 - 12:11 pm
H2FLY & Stuttgart Airport to build centre for H2 aviation
In Germany, H2FLY, a company developing hydrogen fuel cell systems for aircraft, has announced the construction of a facility called the Center of Excellence for Hydrogen in Aviation. The facility is to be located at Stuttgart Airport and is scheduled to open in late 2024.
Jan 28, 2023 - 12:26 pm
Siemens & Skyway design eVTOL landing pads
The development of take-off and landing sites for vertically taking off and landing electric aircraft such as air taxis and drones is the goal of a new cooperation between Siemens and Skyway. To this end, both companies want to determine the electrical and digital infrastructure required to operate such vertiports.
Jan 9, 2023 - 01:37 pm
Infinitum Electric reveals next-gen Aircore Mobility motor
Texas-based Infinitum Electric has announced Aircore Mobility, a next generation, axial flux propulsion and traction motor to power passenger and commercial electric vehicles, as well as aviation, marine, construction, agricultural machines and auxiliary applications. The Aircore Mobility motor is to be made available in Q2 2023.
Jan 6, 2023 - 04:19 pm
CES: Aska shows a “real flying car” with the A5 eVTOL
The US startup Aska has landed a prototype at CES. The Aska A5 is a “flying car” that is an electric VTOL with a significant range while capable of driving on the ground. The company has opened pre-orders and is confident to launch in 2026.
Dec 15, 2022 - 04:48 pm
California approves $2.9 billion for ZEV infrastructure
The California Energy Commission (CEC) has approved a 2.9 billion US dollar investment plan, primarily to expand infrastructure for zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) in the state. The majority of the budget is to flow into charging points for electric utility vehicles.
Nov 30, 2022 - 04:40 pm
Renault & Airbus sign battery cooperation
Airbus and Renault Group have signed a research and development agreement to combine their respective competencies to develop better batteries for electric cars and hybrid electric aircraft.
Nov 28, 2022 - 04:47 pm
Lilium gathers $119 million for air-taxi business
The German electric air-taxi start-up Lilium has closed a financing round of 119 million US dollars. Participants in the investment round included existing shareholders, strategic partners, and new investors.
Nov 24, 2022 - 03:07 pm
H3Dynamics presents decentralised H2 aviation solution
H3Dynamics from Toulouse, France, has presented a decentralised hydrogen propulsion solution for aviation. The company’s concept relies on housing hydrogen and smaller fuel cells in a series of so-called propulsion nacelles under the wings, initially for drone use.
Nov 21, 2022 - 04:45 pm
Ampaire’s hybrid 9-seater takes to the skies
A nine-seat regional aircraft from the Californian manufacturer Ampaire with a hybrid-electric drive system has completed its maiden flight. The Eco Caravan, based on a Cessna Grand Caravan, has a hybrid propulsion system from Ampaire with an internal combustion engine and an electric motor.
Nov 21, 2022 - 01:33 pm
Archer specifies series eVTOL Midnight
Archer Aviation has presented the series eVTOL Midnight. The air taxi that vertically takes off and lands offers space for one pilot and four passengers, not unlike the prototype Maker. Other spec has changed, however, yet an ambitious production schedule remains.
Nov 17, 2022 - 02:06 pm
Archer will manufacture eVTOL ‘Midnight’ in Georgia
California’s eVTOL startup Archer has selected a site in Georgia to install its first factory in Covington, near an airfield. The United Airlines partner targets making 650 flying cabs a year from 2024 and increasing capacity significantly within ten years.
Nov 14, 2022 - 04:10 pm
NTAS to order 20 electric aircraft from Eviation
The Australian scheduled and charter airline Northern Territory Air Services (NTAS) has signed a letter of intent with Eviation Aircraft for the purchase of 20 electric aircraft. The aircraft in question is the nine-seat Alice model.
Nov 3, 2022 - 03:09 pm
VoltAero collects €32 million in financing
French startup VoltAero has raised another 32 million euros in capital. The Italian company Tesi (Tecnologie E Servizi Innovativi) became a strategic investor and industrial partner in the Series B financing round.