Updated: Jun 30
This Hybrid-Electric Aircraft is Closing the Gap
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Imagine boarding a flight and knowing you’ll fly on a plane that runs primarily on electricity instead of fossil fuels. With Ampaire’s innovative hybrid-electric aircraft, this can be a reality. Ampaire is changing the game by offering cleaner, quieter, and more affordable planes by installing their AmpDrive electric system in existing aircraft. This blog post will dive into the details of Ampaire’s fleet, including the Eel, Caravan, Otter, and Tailwind, and its game-changing technology.
Ampaire, a Los Angeles- based aviation company, was formed in 2016 to become a developer of practical, compelling electric aircraft. In recent years, the aviation industry has made strides towards eco-friendliness. Still, all-electric planes aren’t yet feasible due to battery weight, range limitations, and high maintenance costs. Certifications are also hard to come by and, in most cases, stretch out for years.
Hybrid-electric aircraft provide a bridge between traditional aircraft and all-electric ones. The plane combines the efficiency and low environmental footprint of electric power with the operational flexibility of conventional combustion engines. Ampaire makes it possible to have the best of both worlds: traditional planes with eco-friendly aspects added. By converting existing aircraft into the hybrid-electric propulsion system, the company provides cost-effective ways for airlines to transition before fully-electric aircraft become available.
Ampaire’s three-passenger Electric EEL is the aircraft testbed that started it all. It has a range of up to 400 miles on a single charge, making it perfect for short flights. The Electric EEL runs on a hybrid-electric system, which uses electricity and gasoline to power its engines. This system significantly reduces carbon emissions and noise pollution, making it an environmentally-friendly and quiet way to fly.
The 11-passenger Eco Caravan (below) is another hybrid-electric aircraft in Ampaire’s fleet. This aircraft has a range of up to 1100 miles and is used for regional flights. By combining electricity and aviation gasoline, the Eco Caravan reduces carbon emissions by up to 40% and noise by up to 75%. Additionally, the aircraft is more affordable to operate, making it an excellent option for regional airlines.
The Eco Otter (below), Ampaire’s 19-passenger hybrid-electric plane, furthers the technology. This aircraft uses Ampaire’s more extensive electric propulsion system, which reduces carbon emissions by up to 50% and noise by up to 90%. The Eco Otter has a range of up to 700 miles and is perfect for regional and short-haul flights. With the Eco Otter, travelers can experience the comfort and affordability of a regional plane while knowing they are reducing their carbon footprint.
Ampaire is also developing a fully-electric aircraft called the Tailwind (below). Details on this aircraft are scarce, but it will have the same safety features and reliability as traditional airplanes with significantly lower operating costs.
Conclusion: The future of flying is looking brighter with Ampaire’s hybrid-electric aircraft. These planes offer cleaner and quieter flights and are also more affordable, making air travel more accessible for everyone. We can also look forward to seeing more fully-electric planes like the Tailwind. As technology advances, we might see electric planes as the new norm.