BAE Systems, an aerospace and defence company, and Heart Aerospace, a Swedish electric airplane maker, have announced a collaboration to define the battery system for Heart’s ES-30 regional electric airplane.
“The battery will be the first-of-its-kind to be integrated into an electric conventional takeoff and landing (eCTOL) regional aircraft, allowing it to efficiently operate with zero emissions and low noise” the company says.
“Our industry-leading solution builds on decades of expertise delivering technologies and systems needed to progress sustainable transportation,” said Ehtisham Siddiqui, vice president and general manager of Controls and Avionics Solutions at BAE Systems
According to the press release “The program will leverage more than 25 years of BAE Systems’ expertise in electrifying large, heavy-duty industrial vehicles. Today, the company has over 15,000 power and propulsion systems operating in service across the globe. Work on the program will be conducted at the company’s state-of-the-art facility in Endicott, New York.
“The ES-30 airplane will be powered by four electric motors, and has an all-electric range of 200 kilometres, an extended reserve hybrid range of 400 kilometres with 30 passengers and ability to fly up to 800 kilometres with 25 passengers.
“Heart Aerospace has a total of 230 orders and 100 options for the ES-30, along with letter of intent for an additional 108 airplanes.”
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