It marks the beginning of the electric age of aviation
Aviation has reached yet another milestone in its history. The world’s first all-electric commercial aircraft successfully completed its test flight on Tuesday on the Fraser River at Harbour Air Seaplanes terminal in Richmond.
The 62-year-old six-seater ePlane was refitted with a fully electric 750-horsepower (560 kW) magni500 propulsion system. It was constructed by Harbour Air, North America’s largest seaplane airline and magniX, an electric motor manufacturer.
The plane was airborne for less than 15 minutes and piloted by Harbour Air Seaplanes CEO and founder Greg McDougall.
Today, we made history. Launching the world’s first electric commercial aircraft retrofitted with a 750 horsepower all-electric magni500 propulsion system. Thank you to our amazing maintenance team and our partners at @MagniX for all your efforts! Together, we did it! ? #ePlane pic.twitter.com/Rhw35BRnqB
— Harbour Air Seaplanes (@HarbourAirLtd) December 10, 2019
“I am incredibly proud of Harbour Air’s leadership role in re-defining safety and innovation in the aviation and seaplane industry,” said McDougall.
“Canada has long held an iconic role in the history of aviation, and to be part of this incredible world-first milestone is something we can all be really proud of.”
Roei Ganzarski, CEO of magniX, added: “The transportation industry and specifically the aviation segment that has been, for the most part, stagnant since the late 1930s, is ripe for a massive disruption. Now we are proving that low-cost, environmentally friendly, commercial electric air travel can be a reality in the very near future.”
Harbour Air aims to build the world’s largest fully electric seaplane fleet
The magni500 system was first introduced at the Paris Air Show in June 2019. It is a high-power-density electric propulsion system that provides a clean and efficient way to power airplanes.
The engine has now begun its certification and approval process. Once it is completed, the company can start magnifying the rest of its fleet. With magniX help, Harbour Air aims to build the largest fully electric seaplane fleet in the world.
Harbour Air was founded in 1982 with just two small seaplanes. Nowadays, it operates more than 40 aircraft and offers up to 300 daily scheduled flights. It is now North America’s largest seaplane airline and also the first to be fully carbon-neutral.
magniX creates affordable and clean commercial air travel with all-electric propulsion.