Diamond Aircraft yesterday unveiled an electric version of the DA40 single-engined aircraft aimed directly at the training market.
The eDA40 will be developed in partnership with Electric Power Systems and feature fast turn-around technology that will fully charge a depleted aircraft in 20 minutes.
“The eDA40 will be the first EASA/FAA Part 23 certified electric airplane with DC fast charging and specifically tailored to the flight training market,” says Liqun (Frank) Zhang, CEO Diamond Aircraft Austria.
“Making flying as eco-friendly as possible has always been at the core of Diamond Aircraft with our fuel-efficient jet fuel powered aircraft producing less CO2 and noise emissions compared to conventional piston aircraft engines.
"Therefore, we are more than proud to underline this commitment with the all-electric eDA40, a sustainable solution for the general aviation of tomorrow.”
Scott McFadzean,CEO of Diamond Aircraft Industries Canada, said he believed the aircraft would prove a good solution for flght training.
“We are excited to announce our new partnership with Electric Power Systems," he said. "The eDA40 with its proven airframe, the quick recharge capability and the low operating cost will be an excellent aircraft for the flight training market and solidifies Diamond’s position as a global leader in general aviation.”
Electric Power Systems will integrate the EPiC Ecosystem into the eDA40. Batteries will be installed in a belly pod situated between the engine and the forward bulkhead.
The eDA40 is expected to have an endurance of up to 90 minutes as the battery technologies evolve. Diamond believes the aircraft will reduce operating costs by up to 40% compared to traditional piston aircraft.
The first flight of the eDA40 is scheduled for the second quarter of 2022 with certification expected in 2023.