Ampaire from Los Angeles has now secured orders for up to 100 hybrid electric airplane airplanes (PAX), of which 50 aircraft are optional.
Aircraft should be launched in a special test in California before PAX plans to expand its business.
– The Ampaires Electric EEL preprocessing prototype is now in the air and works extremely well. We look forward to being able to participate in the pleasure of flying electricity, says Kevin Noertker, executive director of Ampaire.
Ampaire has invested in a step-by-step model where initially the conversion of an existing Cessna 337 aircraft into hybrid aircraft that can be powered by a battery or a traditional aviation engine.
The company also has a new model on the drawing board called Ampaire Tailwind. This is all about an electric plane they think they should have enough space to fly from California to Hawaii.
He will compete with a personal car
The PAX ordered by the aircraft is a company that connects customers with aircraft carrier operators, a Uber solution in the air. The company believes that its new hybrid airplanes will allow flights to cost US $ 1 per US mile.
This corresponds slightly more than NOK 5 per kilometer to today's dollar exchange rate.
– At that price level, PAX flights to regional travel will be a realistic driving alternative, says PAX chief Mike Azzarello in an interview with Aviation International.
Although the company Ampaire is located in California, the company has a small piece of Norway with them.
Ampaire was one of ten selected entrepreneurial companies that were selected by applicants worldwide to come to Norway last fall to participate in the Techstars Energy acceleration program.
Through the Techstars Energy program, they entered Kongsberg Group, Equinor and McKinsey and worked intensively into the acceleration program.
– It's incredibly exciting to watch the impressive progress of Ampaire. Since the first encounter with Ampaire in New Orleans in 2017, the team did not stop impressing me. I'm pretty sure it does not stop now and I'm looking forward to flying electric with Ampaire one day, says Audun Abelsnes, Techstars Energy Director.
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The race against the goal
The E24 mentions several initiatives that are now taking place around the electrification of aviation.
Although few people think we will see the electrification of large nozzles until they pass for at least a decade or two, industry operators do not think so many years that less electric aircraft will come into circulation.
Last year, Avinor received the electrical flies they bought for trial flights, while Norwegian OSM Aviation recently commissioned 60 aircraft in the American Bye Aerospace.
The Elfly AS company headquartered in Bergen ordered orders for 18 aircraft from the same manufacturer, and during the Paris Fair, Widerøe was also present.
The Norwegian airline is currently on an electrical flight to replace the present aircraft for about 10 years with an electric aircraft.
Ampaire does not save money on the company's website. They write that "while others are in the development phase, we are already in the air," and at the same time claim that their aircraft will be certified "years before the competition".
Ampaire aims to get the Electric EEL 2021 certificate, but then it is a hybrid aircraft.
On the other hand, the Bye Aerospace competition, ordered by the Norwegian OSM and Elfly, claims to have the goal of obtaining the first wholly electric aircraft certified by the US FAA Civil Aviation Administration.
Who can eventually be named with the first certified and approved electrified aircraft in the world, will show the time.