The aircraft will be equipped with industrial breakthroughs in weight, size and performance.
“Wright’s electric motors and motor controllers are extremely powerful and flexible. In addition to space, Wright’s propulsion system can serve other industries, including marine and transportation engineering, and is compatible with any fuel source. startup web page.
The company will start with a regional BAe 146 aircraft, originally manufactured by BAE Systems, and will replace its four jet engines with zero-emission technology. The company says its mission is to eliminate all emissions from flights under 800 miles (1287 km).
The company is also proud that the new aircraft will have twice the power of the propulsion unit, 75% lower weight and 50% smaller size, while being adaptable to multiple fuel sources. Wright’s megawatt-class electric motors, capable of altitude, will offer 2 MW and 10kW / kg specific power.
They will be sadjustable from 500 kW to 4 MW for various applications. The new planes will have Wright inverters designed for high frequency drive. Wright inverters boast a 300 kHz high frequency output, compared to standard inverters that have frequencies from 50 kHz to 100 kHz.
Wright’s new electric planes will have a range of about an hour or 460 miles (740 km).
“Customers are demanding cleaner options, and we want to show that there is an alternative,” said Wright CEO Jeffrey Engler. Bloomberg. “An upgraded aircraft will always suffer from shortcomings, but at the same time it is a certified aircraft.”
If Wright succeeds in his lofty goal, we may soon see short distances previously flown by Airbus and Boeing planes dedicated to Wright’s planes. Many European destinations and even some American ones can be fully electric and have zero emissions.
But Wright has competition. Currently over 70 airlines are planning the first flight of electric aircraft by 2024. Will they achieve a commercial flight before Wright? One thing is for sure: whoever arrives first is likely to dominate the electric aircraft industry.