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20th June 2019, Paris

New composite wings for Eviation’s electric aircraft

Alice is a battery electric passenger aircraft under development by Eviation Aircraft. © Eviation Aircraft/CCS

Alice is a battery electric passenger aircraft under development by Eviation Aircraft. © Eviation Aircraft/CCS

Composite Cluster Singapore (CCS) is working with Israeli Eviation Aircraft on Alice – a fully electric aircraft structure that is currently showcased at the 53rd International Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, France.

CCS is continuing to expand its activities in the electric propulsion aircraft, urban air mobility and unmanned vehicles sector. Leveraging the Composite Application Center (CAC) consortium announced in 2018, CCS is spearheading high-impact projects, such as the wing development for Eviation’s Alice aircraft.

Alice is a battery electric passenger aircraft under development by Eviation Aircraft. Built 95% from composite materials, it will be controlled by fly-by-wire and powered by three electric engines, in a wingtip and pusher configuration. The nine-passenger aircraft with a range of 640 miles / 1,000 km at cruise speed of 240 knots, will have much lower direct operating cost than turboprop aircraft, the manufacturer reports.

CCS has designed the wing and belly fairings specifically for Eviation and delivered the first shipset for assembly to Vannes in France. The entire CCS team has been very much engaged in this project from its inception until today and is currently working on the second prototype.

“Eviation has achieved tremendous results in a very short timeframe,” commented Dr Florian Doetzer, CCS’s Managing Director. ”We are proud to contribute our part. Our team spirit is tremendous and it is due to our own staff’s and our partner’s professionalism that we’ve been able to meet our targets working across continents. I am proud of what we’ve achieved so far and there is more to come.” Dr Florian Doetzer is at the Paris Air Show 2019 from 17th to 21st June to showcase the composite capabilities of CCS.

“Today we are seeing the future of aviation with design, technology and material innovations that are paving the way for this new era of air mobility,” said Omer Bar-Yohay, Eviation CEO.

CCS has been working closely with Enterprise Singapore, the government agency championing enterprise development, on its growth plans, including the development of the prototype. “The partnership between CCS and Eviation Aircraft is a significant milestone not only for Singapore’s aviation industry, but also for our materials design and development industry, which is important to enable better performance such as lightweighting and corrosion resistance across various end applications.” said Damian Chan, Executive Director (Chemicals & Materials), Singapore Economic Development Board.

“This is in line with efforts to strengthen our innovation capabilities in advanced materials, including specialty polymers and polymer matrix composites, and we hope to see more such joint development projects in Singapore.”

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