Wright Electric introduces engine development program for electric aircraft

Wright Electric, partnering with European easyJet airline, has announced design plans for a 186-seat electric plane engine development program, the company said.

Wright Electric laid out a timeline for its testing programme for Wright 1, its engine development program for the electric aircraft, with ground tests of its motor in 2021 and flight tests in 2023.

Wright is engineering electrical systems at the megawatt scale which will be necessary for commercial flight for its 186 seat electric aircraft. It is building a 1.5 MW electric motor and inverter at 3 kilovolts. These components will form the powerplant of Wright´s revolutionary Wright 1 aircraft and move towards aiming to pave the way for a future of zero emissions flight in Europe and worldwide.

Wright Electric is in discussions with BAE Systems relating to flight controls and energy management systems.

easyJet is the first major airline to offset the fuel from all of its flights. Carbon offsetting is only an interim measure while new technologies are developed. The aim will be for easyJet to reduce the amount of carbon offsetting undertaken as new technologies emerge.

easyJet offers a route network connecting Europe´s primary airports. easyJet carries more than 96 million passengers annually — more than 16 million travelling for business. easyJet flies over 334 aircraft on 1061 routes to 159 airports across 36 countries. Over 300 million Europeans live within one hour´s drive of an easyJet airport.

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