BAE Systems To Develop Electric Aircraft Battery Technology

Mobility Outlook Bureau
31 Mar 2023
11:14 AM
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BAE Systems will develop a lightweight and ground-breaking battery for commercial electric airplanes.

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UK-based BAE Systems, a leading aerospace and defence company has announced it will collaborate with Swedish electric airplane maker, Heart Aerospace, to define the battery system for Heart’s ES-30 regional electric airplane. Work on the programme will be conducted at BAE Systems’ state-of-the-art facility in Endicott, New York.

BAE Systems said in a release that the lightweight and ground-breaking battery for commercial electric airplane would enable efficient regional air travel. “Our industry-leading solution builds on decades of expertise delivering technologies and systems needed to progress sustainable transportation,” said Ehtisham Siddiqui, Vice President and General Manager of Controls and Avionics Solutions, BAE Systems. 

The first-of-its-kind battery will be integrated into an electric Conventional Takeoff And Landing (eCTOL) regional aircraft, allowing it to efficiently operate with zero emissions and low noise. Heart Aerospace has a total of 230 orders and 100 options for the ES-30, along with letter of intent for an additional 108 airplanes.

Sofia Graflund, CEO, Heart Aerospace said BAE Systems’ extensive experience in developing batteries for heavy-duty ground applications, and their experience in developing safety critical control systems for aerospace, made them an ideal partner for the ES-30 aircraft. 

Powered by four electric motors, the ES-30 will have an all-electric range of 200 km and an extended reserve hybrid range of 400 km with 30 passengers. It will be able to fly up to 800 km with 25 passengers.

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