DHL orders 12 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.
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.
Skoda, UNVI, Eviation Aircraft, Soel Yachts.
Skoda’s beach buggy concept: The carmaker has trainees create their own model since 2014 and this time the 22 students put an electric beach buggy on Skoda’s Citigo base. The two-seater has neither roof nor doors, but an electric motor with 60 kW that is probably from the VW e-Up.
German-Spanish cooperation: Spanish bus maker UNVI has gathered three component manufacturers in order to create electric buses made for sightseeing. BMZ is on board to build the batteries, Ziehl-Abegg for the drivetrain and SAV Studio to integrate the whole system. The shuttles shall transport up to 74 tourists and reach a range of 120 km. The first open top double-decker is planned to roll off the lines before the year’s end.
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Electric passenger plane: Eviation Aircraft unveiled a fully electric prototype of a light aircraft for six to nine passengers. An impressive range of 965 km is planned for the premium version Alice ER, while Alice may fly for about 550 km on a charge. With launch scheduled for 2018, commercial flights could start by 2021. First conversations with regional airlines have taken place already, states the Israeli start-up, that is also working on an unmanned variant called Orca.
Energy-autonomous yacht: Dutch Soel Yachts and Naval DC developed an electric catamaran called SoelCat 12, capable to generate all energy for its propulsion system through its own solar roof. The 120 kW battery alone lasts for six hours of shipping at 8 knots. The first vessel is under construction in New Zealand for 600,000 dollars and shall serve for tours with up to 24 passengers.