Easyjet partner Wright Electric has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy for a grant program that supports the development of innovative and ultra-efficient electric propulsion systems for use in commercial aircraft.
easyJet has been working with Wright Electric in its mission to support the development of an all-electric aircraft program as part of a shared ambition to de-carbonize aviation. Earlier this year Wright Electric unveiled concepts for a 186-seater electric plane engine development program, named Wright 1. Work continues on this single-aisle airliner designed for flights up to 800 miles, which would cover around 50% of easyJet’s current network.
The foundation of Wright’s ground-breaking Wright 1 aircraft is its innovative high-efficiency electric propulsion system. As part of the Department of Energy program (Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E)), Wright will design propulsion systems that use cutting-edge innovations in integrated cooling, power electronics, and structural design. The unique innovations across the electric propulsion system will aid the development of aircraft flying entirely on electric power.Email Post to a Friend