Electric Aviation Group develops 90-seat zero-emission planes

Electric Aviation Group is developing the first large-scale, “true” zero-emission regional aircraft powered by hydrogen fuel cells. Jenny Southan reports

UK-based Electric Aviation Group (EAG) is working with aerospace engineering firm Atkins to accelerate development of H2ERA, a zero-emission regional aircraft powered by hybrid hydrogen-electric technology.

The partnership allows EAG to access Atkins’ “extensive aerospace capabilities and resources as it advances its proprietary hybrid electric and hydrogen technologies.”

On track for launch in 2030, H2ERA aims to become the world’s first “true” zero-emission regional mass transit aircraft with a capacity of 90 passengers. Unlike biofuels, which still emit greenhouse gases, hydrogen fuel cells do not emit carbon dioxide (CO2) or nitrogen oxides (NOx).

The H2ERA aircraft will also be 50% more cost effective than equivalent-sized turboprop airplanes and 65% quieter, making it more peaceful for passengers.

Kamran Iqbal, Founder and CEO of Electric Aviation Group, said: “EAG aims to be the market leader in the development of sustainable disruptive technologies for the transportation industry, with a focus on hydrogen-powered aviation. .

“To achieve this goal, it is essential to team up with ‘best-in-class’ industrial and academic partners to co-develop the key building blocks to achieve our goals.

“Our partnership with Atkins has secured a wealth of resources that will allow us to further develop our unique technology and deliver the world’s first true 90-seat zero-hydrogen hybrid-electric regional aircraft to the world. “

Philip Hoare, President of Atkins, said: “This exciting partnership will combine our aerospace capabilities with advanced EAG technologies.

“The development of a large regional zero-emission aircraft is a crucial step on the road to sustainable aviation and we are delighted to support Electric Aviation Group in the commercialization of its innovative solutions. “

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