The Israeli startup Eviation Aircraft has already shown a working prototype of its small electric aircraft at the International Paris Air Show this summer. At the same time, the company representatives voiced their position – to make in the near future an aviation analogue of Uber and other similar services. The goal is to maximally reduce the cost of flying for short distances (up to thousands of kilometers). The other day the developers said that they are going to implement the idea in the next year and a half.
The cabin of the aircraft is designed for nine passengers and two crew members. Equipped with aerotaxi batteries and "smart" energy distribution system from Phinergy Ltd, which allows the aircraft to independently regulate energy costs, switching between different airborne systems and to distribute electricity as efficiently as possible.
By the end of 2018 the plane is going to be fully tested, after which they will begin to prepare for mass production.
The mass of the aircraft is about six tons, the wing span is 13 meters, the ship's length is 12 meters. With such dimensions, it is able to fly at speeds of up to 450 kilometers per hour at a height of up to three kilometers. Use for take-off and landing is supposed to be small airports, which are now going through hard times.
Omer Bar-Johai, the general director of the company, describes the company's philosophy very simply: Tesla's manufacturability and the quality of Uber services – combining advanced technologies and modern services, Evia Aircraft already plans to create a large-scale aerotax network with democratic prices and an application by the end of 2019 on a smartphone to order tickets.
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