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Cape Air going electric! First flight test now set for summer

- company commits to purchase 75 Eviation Alice commuter aircraft
April 19th, 2022 | Tags: CAPE AIR Electric Plane Caribbean flight airline
An artist’s conception shows Eviation’s Alice electric aircraft in flight. Photo: Eviation Illustration
Cape Air’s Caribbean network operations include destinations like St Thomas, Tortola, Virgin Gorda, St Croix, Culebra and Vieques. Photo: Internet Source
Cape Air’s Caribbean network operations include destinations like St Thomas, Tortola, Virgin Gorda, St Croix, Culebra and Vieques. Photo: Internet Source
MASSACHUSETTS, USA - Massachusetts-based airline Cape Air, which also operates in the Virgin Islands and in several other Caribbean islands, is going electric with an intent to purchase 75 all-electric Eviation Alice commuter aircraft.

The deal comes following a claim that was made back in 2019 by Eviation’s then-CEO, Omer Bar-Yohay, who said Cape Air would be his company’s first customer.

Estimated $4M per plane 

At the time, Bar-Yohay said the list price for the Alice commuter aircraft would be $4 million per plane — but Eviation said it is not releasing financial details about the Cape Air deal.

Cape Air’s Caribbean network operations include destinations like St Thomas, Tortola, Virgin Gorda, St Croix, Culebra and Vieques.

The airline operates out of the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport in the [British] Virgin Islands. 

“Cape Air remains committed to sustainability, growth, and innovation, and our partnership with Eviation allows for these commitments to become a reality,” said Cape Air President and CEO Linda Markham said.

“Our customers will be at the forefront of aviation history and our communities will benefit from emission-free travel,” she added. 

Eviation has begun ground tests of an Alice prototype, and those tests haven’t always gone perfectly — which is to be expected with a totally new type of aircraft.

Summer test pending 

In February, Eviation said Alice’s first flight test would take place “in the upcoming weeks,” but the company now says it plans to reach that milestone this summer.

The Eviation Alice is the world’s first fully-electric aircraft, with a range of up to 440 nautical miles on a single charge – and a top speed of 250 knots. 

Cape Air Board Chairman, Dan Wolf said, “Cape Air has always maintained a deep commitment to social responsibility. As an early supporter of all-electric air travel, we are dedicated to leading the industry towards a sustainable future.”

“Together with Eviation, we are creating the next generation of air travel, in which electric flight will be the industry standard,” he added.

15 Responses to “Cape Air going electric! First flight test now set for summer”

  • Lab rats (19/04/2022, 10:44) Like (20) Dislike (11) Reply
    Ayo dont bring them here yet because we want them to be tried and tested elsewhere first
  • faith (19/04/2022, 10:56) Like (20) Dislike (10) Reply
    I hope these aircrafts are equipped with an emergency gas tank
  • Parachute (19/04/2022, 11:50) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    Gas tank not gonna help an electric plane!
  • @faith (19/04/2022, 12:03) Like (4) Dislike (7) Reply
    Really? How will an emergency gas tank help in the event of a failed ( implied) ELECTRIC engine?
  • HMMM (19/04/2022, 13:32) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    They won't be charging them up here. Electricity to expensive
  • what a joke (19/04/2022, 16:41) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    No way - the battery weight alone will significantly limit the number of passengers. The weight and balance alone will significantly limit the number of passengers and/or luggage. Another virtue signaling company appealing to the STUPID in the world. Do you see in the illustration the two props? To be certified, the aircraft will need to be able to fly on only one. Again no-way is that going to be possible with a 440nm range at 250k with 30 mins reserve with any sort of useful load. I bet it re-powers itself with solar power as it flys, then when it lands it only needs 2 days to recharge to 80%. It won't quite literally "fly" - and sure as hell won't be in the islands.
  • @What a joke and everyone else (19/04/2022, 20:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I might have had something to say on this but after reading the comments I'll just be honest: When you wake up as the last of the Mohicans, remember, it was because you were to stupid to survive.
  • pat (19/04/2022, 20:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I like them hurry up
  • Welcome to the future of Aviation (20/04/2022, 01:28) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply

    Check it out, this some next level technology.
  • Really (20/04/2022, 03:08) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    When you all understand what's going on it's going to be no hope for the sheeps. The electric car,planes,etc is to bring in the New world order. They can shut any electric car off when your not doing what your told by the government. Good luck Vaccinated people because it's to drive you all crazy because I am not going to have nothing and I will comply to that. No earthly values is worth my soul or my free will. You all can keep your fake plandemic depopulation agenda away from me. Those who's unVaccinated and your with a Vaccinated person you also have been vaccinated. This is a contagious Vaccine and the news been talking about inventing on okay so what is this one. A very very narrow road it is who's smart to sacrifice everything for it,I know I am.

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