All-electric aircraft startup manufacturer Eviation Aircraft has selected Hartzell Propeller as a development partner for its first model—the nine-seat, 565-nm Alice. Under the partnership, Hartzell will provide customized and optimized propellers and support systems.
The all-electric Alice business and regional airplane will have a three-blade main pusher propeller at the tail and two-blade pusher propellers at each wingtip. According to Hartzell, the design and manufacture of these propeller systems will build on technologies developed for its five-blade carbon fiber blades and Bantam hub series, providing “the optimal combination of reduced weight and maximum performance.”
“Eviation's new aircraft provides an exciting opportunity to be a part of the next generation in aircraft powered by electricity,” said Hartzell Propeller president Joe Brown.
“The Alice will be test flown at the 53rd Paris Air Show in June 2019,” Hartzell said, but a spokesperson for Tel Aviv-based Eviation told AIN that the aircraft will not be flown before the Paris show. Eviation has also not yet publicly announced who will develop electric motor and battery system for the airplane.