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DHL to deploy 12 redesigned Alice ePlanes from Eviation; testing begins this year

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DHL and Eviation today announced a pretty big moment in the developing history of electric aviation and specifically electric cargo aviation. Starting later this year, DHL will begin testing a fleet of 12 electric cargo planes from Eviation's sole current model dubbed "Alice." Deliveries will begin in 2024. The Alice planes look almost identical, save […]
DHL and Eviation today announced a pretty big moment in the developing history of electric aviation and specifically electric cargo aviation. Starting later this year, DHL will begin testing a fleet of 12 electric cargo planes from Eviation's sole current model dubbed "Alice." Deliveries will begin in 2024.

The Alice planes look almost identical, save for some missing windows and seats and an additional 100lbs capacity, to the passenger version of the Eviation Alice plane we've talked about in the past, amusingly calling it the "Tesla of Aviation." It now boasts around 440NM of range or just over 500 miles (800km).

Eviation updated Alice last month with some significant changes:

Changing from a V-tail to a T-tail will "optimise performance and handling, making it easy and reliable for pilots to seamlessly transition to flying the aircraft". The updated design "represents a final step in our iterative journey toward Alice's first flight", adds Eviation chief executive Omer Bar-Yohay. Eviation also confirms Alice will use two of Magnix's 850hp (634kW) Magni650 electric powerplants, rather than three 375hp Magni250s. In June Magnix said it was replacing the Magni250 and another previous model, the 750hp Magni500, with two new derivatives: the 469hp Magni350 and the Magni650. Additionally, figures from Eviation's website show the company has in recent years tweaked Alice's advertised capabilities, shaving some 100nm (185km) off its range.

The website now says Alice will cruise at 220kt (407km/h) and have 440nm range, with power coming from an 820kWh lithium-ion battery system weighing 3,720kg (8,200lb). Previously, Eviation has said Alice would cruise at 240kt and have 540nm range and 920kWh battery system weighing 3,600kg.

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