Eviation Aircraft, a global manufacturer of an all-electric aircraft, has struck a deal for charging stations with Clay Lacy Aviation.
The partnership is the first fixed base operator (FBO) agreement for Eviation that will enable the charging of Alice, its all-electric aircraft, at all Clay Lacy Aviation FBOs in preparation for the plane’s expected entry into service in 2024.
An FBO is an organisation that is granted the right by an airport to operate on that airport and provide aviation services, such as fuel, parking and hangar space, to the general aviation community.
In 2020, Clay Lacy Aviation developed a sustainability strategy to reduce its carbon footprint and the environmental impact of its facilities and its clients.
The addition of charging services for the nine-passenger, two-crew member, emission-free Alice aircraft is another step towards the two companies’ shared vision for a sustainable aviation industry.
Brian Kirkdoffer, President & CEO at Clay Lacy Aviation said: “Clay Lacy has long prided itself on industry firsts and we are now adding yet another through our partnership with Eviation.
“One of those firsts was introducing the first carbon offset programme and a robust sustainability strategy in the aircraft management industry. We are proud to take that a giant step further with charging the zero-emission Alice at our FBOs.”
Washington-based Eviation is developing and manufacturing efficient electric aircraft to make aviation a “competitive and sustainable solution” for the regional mobility of people and goods.
The Alice aircraft can be flown by a single pilot, will require 30 minutes or less to charge per flight hour and have a maximum range of up to 815 kilometres.
Omer Bar-Yohay, CEO of Eviation added: “This partnership is just the beginning for Eviation as we look to build out the supporting infrastructure needed to bring electric aviation to life.
“With a network of visionary FBOs, we can ensure accessible, quick and seamless charging as we march toward a cleaner aviation future.”