On September 27, 2022, Eviation Aircraft‘s Alice zero-emission electric aircraft performed first flight. At 7:10 a.m., the plane took off from the runway at Grant County International Airport (MWH) in Moses Lake, Washington, and in 8 minutes of flight, the plane reached an altitude of 3,500 feet (about 1,000 m) and a speed of 149 knots (275 km/h), after which it landed on the same site.
Eviation Aircraft positions Alice as a commuter plane, that is, a plane for daily short-distance flights, such as flights to work and home for people who work in other cities.
Alice is built from composite materials (up to 95% of the structure) and has two electric thrusters in the tail. The plane can carry up to 9 passengers or 1100 kg of cargo for a range of up to 460 km (with a charge reserve for 30 minutes of flight) with a maximum speed of up to 481 km/h.
The aircraft uses two magni650 engines with a capacity of 700 kW each. An additional bonus for passengers will be the almost complete silence of the flight.
The aircraft is due to be officially unveiled and certified in the second half of 2023, but Eviation Aircraft already has orders and many in fact. Back in August 2021, Deutsche Post ordered 12 Eviation Alice for DHL. In April 2022, the regional company Cape Air immediately ordered 75 Alice (!), and this is despite the fact that the entire fleet of Cape Air currently consists of 108 aircraft. Well, in September 2022, GlobalX Airlines, which currently has only 7 aircraft, ordered 50 Eviation Alice for delivery in 2027. So electric planes are coming, at least as short-range planes.