Diamond officials say the eDA40 will be the first EASA/FAA Part 23 certified electric airplane with Direct Current (DC) fast charging capable of turning around a depleted aircraft in under 20 minutes.
Total flight time is expected to be up to 90 minutes as battery technologies evolve, officials added.
“The eDA40 is expected to reduce operating costs by up to 40% compared to traditional piston aircraft,” company officials said when announcing the collaboration with Paris-based Safran.
Safran’s ENGINeUS 100 will power the eDA40. It delivers 130 kilowatts (kW) maximum at takeoff power. It features an integrated motor controller, Diamond officials explained, noting that thermal management is provided by an optimized air-cooling system.
Certification of the electric motor is planned for mid-2023. Basic EASA certification for the eDA40 is expected by the end of 2023 or early in 2024, company officials add.
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