The All Electric ‘Eviation Alice’ Readies For 1st Flight

  • Where you can book a flight for the Alice and some routes the Alice is capable of
  • A word from the CEO of Eviation about the aircraft

Eviation signs deal with DHL to deliver 12 aircraft for cargo operations, set to reveal new customers for commuter planes. Two years after unveiling, to much fanfare, a prototype for the first known all-electric airplane at the Paris Air Show in 2019, Israeli-American company Eviation Aircraft is preparing for the plane’s first test flight to usher in a “new age of aviation,” according to founder and CEO Omer Bar-Yohay. The test flight for the aircraft, dubbed the Alice, was expected “before the end of the year” with the planein final assembly at Eviation headquarters in Arlington, Washington, just north of Seattle.

The Alice was originally conceived as a small, nine-passenger, fully electric commuter aircraft manned by a single pilot that would make regional trips as accessible as a train ride, but at a lower cost and with better service, according to the company. With a payload of 2,500 pounds (1.1 tons) and a range of 440 nautical miles (815 kilometers), the Alice would be available for passengers to book a ride by app for popular short-haul routes — say, San Jose to San Diego, London to Prague, and Paris to Toulouse. 

Eviation has attracted its fair share of attention in recent years, nabbing a spot on TIME magazine’s list of 100 “best inventions” two years ago (alongside eight other Israeli-founded companies), and winning a “World-Changing Ideas” Award in 2018 by US business magazine Fast Company

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