PARIS - A new all-electric commuter airplane debuted Tuesday at the Paris Air Show is set to be flight tested in Moses Lake.
Eviation Aircraft, a global manufacturer of all-electric aircraft based in Israel, revealed a prototype of its full-scale, all-electric commuter plane, Alice, during the 53rd air show. Port of Moses Lake officials were on hand for the reveal.
The company is collaborating with AeroTEC in Moses Lake to lead Alice’s flight tests and first flight at the Grant County International Airport. AeroTEC will also serve as a partner for certification.
Eviation is expected to complete its first flights and begin manufacturing of the new plane in the U.S. in 2019, and enter into service in 2022.
The Alice aircraft is capable of flying with nine passengers at about 240 knots (276 mph) with a range of up to 650 miles, according to Eviation CEO Omer Bar-Yohay, who called Tuesday’s debut of the new aircraft a “historic milestone within the aviation industry.”
“With the introduction of Alice, we welcome an all-new breed of airplanes for the first time in 50 years and it is only the beginning of a bright future for electric aviation and sustainable energy," Bar-Yonay said.
Flight testing in Moses Lake is expected to begin later this year, with certification in 2021.