The deal marks a significant point in the commercialization of the all-electric plane, replacing turbine engines with all electric motors. Siemens and Eviation will work on propulsion system integration, including the electrical integration, fly-by-wire system connectivity, thermal management system development and mechanical mounting for test flights later this year.
"At Siemens, we believe that we are in a new era of aviation and mobility, an era that will be dominated by high-performing electric propulsion, automation and efficiency, which is why partnering with Eviation is so befitting. This partnership will serve as an industry milestone to demonstrate information exchange and system adaptations to create the first all-electric solution," said Dr Frank Anton, Head eAircraft. "We are committed to providing technology that provides solutions to some of the world's most challenging problems, and by collaborating with Eviation to develop the Alice, we are able to further our mission."
The Alice leverages an IP portfolio that includes innovations in thermal management and autonomous landing, as well as distributed electric propulsion, industry-leading battery technology and cutting-edge composite body frames, capable of flying with nine passengers at 220 knots to a range of 650 miles on a single charge. Following test flights this year and certification in 2021, Eviation will begin shipping the aircraft for commercial use in 2022.
"For more than 150 years, Siemens has been a pioneer in developing motors designed for performance, efficiency and are well-respected for reliability. By utilizing Siemens' advanced motor technology, Alice is further established as a front runner for high performing zero-emission electric aviation," said Omer Bar-Yohay, CEO of Eviation.