Alice's all-electric aircraft now comes in an executive cabin configuration with seats for six passengers.
Eviation Aircraft just revealed its executive cabin design as a new configuration of its all-electric Alice aircraft. The original commuter version, which debuted as a prototype in June 2017 at the Paris Airshow, has a 9-passenger capacity. The new executive cabin configuration seats 6 passengers with wider seats and has 16.5-inch-wide windows. Eviation has also designed a cargo configuration of the Alice, with a temperature-controlled cargo compartment of 450 cubic feet in volume.
The spacious executive cabin is the widest cabin in its class at 6 feet, 4 inches.
Some features highlighted in the press release are the “largest baggage compartment in its class at 100 cubic feet and a total baggage allowance of 850 pounds,” reduced noise levels—“Less noisy by a factor of more than 100 during takeoff and cruise compared to its jet-fueled counterparts,” zero carbon emissions, and a roomy cabin that is “the widest in its class, measuring 6 feet, 4 inches across.” The aircraft’s range is 440 nautical miles, and it also has a payload of 2,500 pounds.
Eviation's cargo plane configuration has the capacity for nine passengers.
Two magni650 electric propulsion units power the aircraft; magniX’s electric propulsion systems are the only ones that have been flight-proven at this scale. Honeywell's BendixKing is providing its AeroVue Touch integrated flight deck for Alice's cockpit. “The single-volume, high-energy-density Alice battery energy system is made from currently available battery cells and technology,” according to the press release.
Eviation CEO Omer Bar-Yohay intends to help shape the future of aviation with the Alice aircraft, and remarks on the executive cabin design as “a glimpse into what business travel can and will look like in the very near-term.” Vice President of Sales, Jessica Pruss, announced in the press release that there has been a lot of interest in the executive cabin configuration of its electric aircraft and that Eviation is currently receiving orders for Alice with the company targeting 2026 for its first deliveries.
"We are shaping the future of travel through electric aviation," said Eviation's CEO Omer Bar-Yohay.
In addition to Alice’s executive cabin design, the cargo configuration has also received interest from companies working towards sustainability. DHL for example, announced a purchase order of 12 Alice aircraft for cargo transport in August 2021. John Pearson, CEO of DHL Express, stated, “Our investments always follow the objective of improving our carbon footprint. On our way to clean logistics operations, the electrification of every transport mode plays a crucial role and will significantly contribute to our overall sustainability goal of zero emissions.”
During an interview with ABC News in November, Bar-Yohay—who first established Eviation in 2015—said he expects Alice to begin test flights before the end of the year, however the company has not yet committed to a timeline or date.