THE Embraerreleased this Friday (16) the first images of its prototype aircraft with 100% electric propulsion technology. Based on the EMB-203 Ipanema, the small plane is expected to make a demonstration flight next year and is being developed in partnership with Santa Catarina Weg.
For now, Embraer and Weg are working on the development of electric propulsion technology, not a finished product. The components will be installed on an EMB-203 Ipanema, which was launched in 2015 as a single-engine ethanol-powered aircraft intended for agricultural applications.
Weg, which already developed parts for trains, buses, trucks and boats, will be responsible for manufacturing the aircraft’s engine and inverter at its headquarters in Jaraguá do Sul (SC). Embraer also announced that it has partnered with Parker Aerospace to supply the cooling system for the technology-demonstrating aircraft.
“During the coming months, the technical teams of the companies will continue to test the systems in the laboratory for further integration in the technology demonstrator and conducting tests under real operating conditions. The first flight of the prototype is scheduled for 2020 ”, says the aeronautical company. The announcement comes in time for Embraer’s 50th anniversary, which will be completed on Monday (19).
The company is also involved in an electric flying vehicle (eVTOL) project in partnership with Uber. The proposal is to test flying taxis already in 2020, with the first public presentation scheduled to take place at Dubai World Expo. At the launch of Uber Air, in 2023, the expectation is that the service is already cheaper than a helicopter flight.