Aviation of the future can become more environmentally friendly andsafe after the introduction of electric motors. Several companies are engaged in the modification of standard aircraft, using electric motors as engines. Previously, Quantum Air (USA) announced plans to produce an all-electric four-seater aerotaxi based on the Cessna 172. Now even more ambitious plans were announced by AeroTEC, which announced the modification of the already nine-seat Cessna 208 aircraft to a fully electrified vehicle.
Production of the Cessna 208B Grand Caravanstarted back in 1984. The aircraft has become popular for both passenger and freight traffic. In addition, a model was created for landing on the water. It was this modification of the amphibious aircraft that AeroTEC used together with MagniX to install the magni500 electric motor with a capacity of 750 horsepower.
The aerodynamic characteristics of the Cessna 208B Grand Caravan remain the same, and the wingspan of 16 meters will make it the largest aircraft in the world with zero emissions.
The first test airplane tests wereheld in Moses Lake, Washington. During testing, the modified Cessna 208B Grand Caravan was in the air for about half an hour. AeroTEC representatives announced the successful testing. Such a system of aircraft has never been tested before, and therefore there is no clear test schedule. AeroTEC engineers are pioneers in this new aircraft industry and create basic rules for exploring the capabilities of electric aircraft, says the head of AeroTEC.
Electric motors for retrofitCessna 208B aircraft are manufactured by MagniX, which has already concluded magni500 contracts for start-up Eviation from Israel, and Harbor Air from the USA, also working on the creation of electric aircraft.