Alice, the world’s first all-electric passenger plane, takes to the skies for the FIRST time in Washington

The world’s first all-electric passenger plane took to the skies for the first time to reach an altitude of 3,500 feet during an 8-minute flight in Washington.

After years of development by Eviation Aircraft, the maiden flight of the zero-emission aircraft powered by two 640-kilowatt electric motors went off without a hitch at 7:10 a.m. Tuesday from Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake. , Wash.

Alice targets the passenger and cargo markets and will typically operate flights ranging from 150 to 250 miles. For context, a standard flight from New York City to Washington, DC is about 206 air miles.

The world's first all-electric passenger plane took off for the first time to reach an altitude of 3,500 feet during an 8-minute flight in Washington.

The world’s first all-electric passenger plane took off for the first time to reach an altitude of 3,500 feet during an 8-minute flight in Washington.

The maiden flight of the zero-emission plane powered by two 640-kilowatt electric motors went off without a hitch as it took off at 7:10 am Tuesday from Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake, Washington.

The maiden flight of the zero-emission plane powered by two 640-kilowatt electric motors went off without a hitch as it took off at 7:10 am Tuesday from Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake, Washington.

The maiden flight of the zero-emission plane powered by two 640-kilowatt electric motors went off without a hitch as it took off at 7:10 am Tuesday from Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake, Washington.

Alice targets the passenger and cargo markets and will typically operate flights ranging from 150 to 250 miles.  For context, a flight from New York City to Washington, DC is traveling approximately 206 miles by plane

Alice targets the passenger and cargo markets and will typically operate flights ranging from 150 to 250 miles.  For context, a flight from New York City to Washington, DC is traveling approximately 206 miles by plane

Alice targets the passenger and cargo markets and will typically operate flights ranging from 150 to 250 miles. For context, a flight from New York City to Washington, DC is traveling approximately 206 miles by plane

The Alice aircraft will be available in three different configurations: a nine-passenger commuter, a six-passenger executive cabin and an eCargo version.

The Alice aircraft will be available in three different configurations: a nine-passenger commuter, a six-passenger executive cabin and an eCargo version.

The Alice aircraft will be available in three different configurations: a nine-passenger commuter, a six-passenger executive cabin and an eCargo version.

During the maiden flight, the engines sounded much quieter, more like electric lawnmowers, and the plane itself produced a noise that was more like a hum than the typical roar of a gasoline-powered plane.

Alice will be available in three different configurations: a nine-passenger commuter, a six-passenger executive cabin and an eCargo version. All configurations will accommodate two crew members and the executive cabin and eCargo versions are identical to the traveler except for the interior.

Arlington, Washington-based Eviation has already signed a deal with DHL Express for 12 Alice eCargo planes; In addition, two regional carriers, Massachusetts-based Cape Air and Florida-based Global Crossing Airlines, have placed orders for 75 and 50 Alice aircraft, respectively.

“Today we embark on the next era of aviation: we have successfully electrified the skies with Alice’s unforgettable first flight,” Eviation President and CEO Gregory Davis said in a statement.

“Today we embark on the next era of aviation: we have successfully electrified the skies with Alice’s unforgettable first flight,” Eviation President and CEO Gregory Davis said in a statement. Above: The interior of the suburban version of Alice

“This groundbreaking milestone will lead innovation in sustainable air travel and shape passenger and cargo travel well into the future,” said Eviation President and CEO Gregory Davis. Above: Alice will be used to move cargo across the US.

The aircraft was first unveiled more than three years ago at the Paris Air Show.  The company has put its prototype through a year of assembly and ground testing, and the work appears to have paid off.  Above: the top hat in the executive version of Alice

The aircraft was first unveiled more than three years ago at the Paris Air Show.  The company has put its prototype through a year of assembly and ground testing, and the work appears to have paid off.  Above: the top hat in the executive version of Alice

The aircraft was first unveiled more than three years ago at the Paris Air Show. The company has put its prototype through a year of assembly and ground testing, and the work appears to have paid off. Above: the top hat in the executive version of Alice

“People now know what affordable, clean and sustainable aviation looks and sounds like for the first time on an all-electric fixed-wing aircraft.

“This groundbreaking milestone will lead innovation in sustainable air travel and shape passenger and cargo travel well into the future.”

The name Alice comes from Lewis Carroll’s novel Alice in Wonderland. When the company was just starting out in 2016, one of its co-founders, Omer Bar-Yohay, was working while the song White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane played in the background. He started calling the project Alice, and the name stuck.

When the company was just starting out in 2016, one of its co-founders, Omer Bar-Yohay, was working while the song White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane played in the background.

When the company was just starting out in 2016, one of its co-founders, Omer Bar-Yohay, was working while the song White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane played in the background.

When the company was just starting out in 2016, one of its co-founders, Omer Bar-Yohay, was working while the song White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane played in the background.

The aircraft was first unveiled more than three years ago at the Paris Air Show. The company has put its prototype through a year of assembly and ground testing, and the work appears to have paid off.

“It was wonderful,” said test pilot Steve Crane, according to GeekWire. ‘He handled himself just as we thought he would. Very responsive, very quick on the throttle, and had a wonderful landing. Could not be happier.

Crane explained that the relatively short flight was meant to be the first in a series of “baby steps” for the test program. “Today was just about the initial envelope,” he told reporters. “For future tests, we will expand that envelope.”

If things continue as planned, Eviation hopes to obtain Federal Aviation Administration certification and hit the market by 2027.

The company has also had to pivot and adapt as the technology that powers all types of electric vehicles has evolved over the years.

“What we have learned is a lot, and one of the key things that is driving the development of our program is the advancement of battery technology, right?” Davis told GeekWire.

‘So we’re being, I’ll say, completely honest with ourselves about what we’re going to be able to achieve. … Everything will be based on making the batteries converge in the development cycle of the aircraft.”

The technology publication reports that Eviation had put a $4 million price tag on the plane three years ago, but that Davis declined to specify a cost this week.

If things continue as planned, Eviation hopes to obtain Federal Aviation Administration certification and hit the market in 2027.

If things continue as planned, Eviation hopes to obtain Federal Aviation Administration certification and hit the market in 2027.

If things continue as planned, Eviation hopes to obtain Federal Aviation Administration certification and hit the market in 2027.

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