THE Embraer released on Friday (16) the first images of its prototype aircraft with 100% electric propulsion technology. Based on the EMB-203 Ipanema, the small aircraft 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 developing electric propulsion technology, not a finished product. The components will be installed on an EMB-203 Ipanema, which was launched in 2015 as an ethanol-powered single-engine aircraft for agricultural applications.
Weg, which already developed parts for trains, buses, trucks and boats, will be responsible for manufacturing the engine and inverter of the aircraft at its headquarters in Jaraguá do Sul (SC). Embraer also announced that it has partnered with Parker Aerospace to provide the technology demonstration aircraft cooling system.
“Over the next few months, the companies' technical teams will continue to test the systems in the lab for further integration into the technology demonstrator and perform testing under actual operating conditions. The first prototype flight 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 as early as 2020, with the first public presentation scheduled to take place at Dubai World Expo. At the launch of Uber Air in 2023, the service is expected to be already cheaper than a helicopter flight.