British company Electric Aviation Group (AEG) has revealed plans for the development of the world’s first hybrid-electric 70-plus-seat aircraft. The proposed aircraft will “deliver a technical and commercial entry point for sustainable mass air transport” the firm said.
EAG – which was previously known as Advanced Mobility Research and Development (AMRD) Ltd – has optimised the latest technology, economics and operational parameters to create the design for the Hybrid Electric Regional Aircraft (HERA), to ensure it can solve the challenges of decarbonisation and mass transportation.
With a capacity of over 70 people, highlights of the aircraft will be its whisper-quiet operation, innovative airborne battery regeneration (to minimise turn-around time), Gear Assisted Take-Off Run (GATOR) that enable rapid acceleration for a quick lift-off and short take-off and landing.
The design has been backed by EAG’s JetZero consortium, which includes some of the UK’s leading engineering and manufacturing organisations and senior academic advisors.
“Significant investments have been raised to develop sub-19-seat hybrid and all-electric aircraft which we believe is the wrong strategy. These small planes cannot meet the demands of mass air transportation or the requirements of decarbonisation,” commented Kamran Iqbal, Founder and CEO at EAG. “Our design is for an aircraft that will initially offer 800 nautical miles range at launch in 2028, and which will be able to carry over 70 people. We will be a first mover in what is a $4.4 trillion market.”
Production of the new aircraft – which has already developed and filed a total of 25 patents covering a wide range of technologies – will take place in Bristol.
“We expect this to be a great example of British design, engineering and build,” said Kamran Iqbal.
“Not only will the development of the HERA help the Department of Transport accelerate its ‘Jet Zero’ carbon reduction goals, but it will also help to create much-needed job opportunities in the aerospace, manufacturing, engineering and services industries post-Brexit. This represents the future of both passenger and cargo flights internationally and as an opportunity for investment, it could not be better timed.”