100-seat electric aircraft can operate in 2027

The American company modified old aircraft to create a new all-electric model with an expected range of 740 km.

Airplane Spirit will .  Photo: Wright Electric

The Spirit aircraft will produce no emissions. Photo: Wright Electric

Wright Electric, the US-based company, is developing an all-electric 100-seat aircraft, which is expected to start operations in 2027, Interesting Engineering reported on 5/11. The airline intends to equip the BAe 146 aircraft with electric motors, manufactured by BAE Systems Plc, to replace the four turbojet engines and turn it into a zero-emissions aircraft called the Spirit.

“Wright Electric’s electric motors and engine controls are powerful and versatile. In addition to aerospace, Wright Electric’s propulsion systems can also serve other industries, including marine, engineering, and other industries. transportation technology, and compatible with all fuel sources,” writes Wright Electric on the company’s website. The airline also aims to eliminate all emissions from flights below 1,300 km.

“Customers are demanding ‘cleaner’ options and we want to demonstrate there is such an option. An improved and retrofitted aircraft will have its disadvantages but at the same time the type of machine that is the same,” he said. certified flight,” said Jeffrey Engler, CEO of Wright Electric.

The BAe 146 fits into the Wright Electric program because it is a relatively small but four-engine aircraft. This allows the team of experts to conduct the first test flights with one electric motor in 2023, then switch to two engines in 2024 and four engines in 2025.

The BAe 146 entered service in 1983 and ceased production in 2001. Its ability to climb steeply and remain relatively quiet helped it gain a foothold at urban airports such as London City Airport.

Spirit will have a flight range of about an hour or 740 km. Wright Electric’s plans depend on advances in battery technology, Engler said. The improved aircraft required slightly larger engines than the 2 MW system it was testing. Hydrogen fuel cells or aluminum fuel cells can provide the 2.5 MW – 3 MW that the aircraft needs.

If Wright Electric succeeds, the short distances formerly served by Airbus and Boeing aircraft will soon belong to Wright Electric aircraft. Journeys to many destinations in Europe, even some in the US, can be completely electric and produce no emissions.

Thu Thao (Follow Interesting Engineering)

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