Leading Developer of Electric Motorcycle Technology Enters New Industry, Bringing Sustainability and High Performance to Small Aircraft and Seaplanes
Energica, a leading developer of electric motorcycle technology, has announced its entry into the ultralight aviation industry with “Energica Inside”, a department of the company responsible for Development and production of powertrains, batteries and technology for electric vehicles. The company’s commitment to integrating its EV technology package into small aircraft and seaplanes for training and leisure applications marks its foray into a new industry.
Energica Inside’s engineering team is working on integrating the EV technology package into ultralight aircraft, including small planes and seaplanes. The feasibility studies have started in different locations around the world with various partners. Energica steps into the space of aviation through a team up with Phenix Air Corp, a French consulting tech firm, to integrate its powertrain into an airplane propeller. This initial integration is aimed at assessing performance and conducting a series of tests to determine the feasibility of integrating the EV technology package into ultralight seaplanes.
“Aviation has been at the forefront of innovation in the transport sector and EV technologies are entering into the equation of product development. We have started different programs with partners around the globe to learn together and fast the time to market of our solutions,”– Carlo Iacovini, General Manager Energica Inside.
Another project underway is in California, where Energica has joined forces with a team of engineers and pilots led by Gabriel De Vault, an expert pilot and senior engineer. The team is working to integrate the latest Energica Powertrain in a purpose-built Sonex airframe. The aim of this project is to test the performance and range of the EV conversion, which fits multipurpose use cases, from training courses to intrastate travel and even aerobatics.
The third project features the Pure Flight ΦNIX airplane, with Energica’s engineering team assessing the integration of its powertrain into the aircraft. The integration is expected to guarantee high range for cruise intra-European air travel due to the high efficiency of the airframe combined with the performance of the powertrain.
All programs are moving concurrently and will benefit from each other’s learning, with the goal of fine-tuning the setup, integrating mechanical and electrical aspects, and creating the best EV solution for light airplanes.
Energica Inside’s commitment to the ultralight aviation industry underscores its dedication to delivering cutting-edge, environmentally-friendly, and high-performance solutions across multiple industries. With its extensive experience in electric motorcycle technology, Energica Inside is well-positioned to enter this new space.
The integration of EV technology into ultralight aircraft represents a significant step forward for the aviation industry, as it strives towards sustainability and reduced carbon emissions. The potential benefits of this integration include lower operating costs, increased efficiency, and a more sustainable future for aviation.
“We are excited to be part of this partnership with Energica Inside. The integration of electric powertrains into ultralight aircraft is a significant step towards a more sustainable future for aviation,”– Gabriel De Vault, Expert Pilot and Senior Engineer.
Energica Inside’s expertise in electric motorcycle technology makes it an ideal partner for ultralight aviation, and we look forward to seeing the results of these ongoing projects. As a leader in electric motorcycle technology, Energica Inside is well-equipped to bring its expertise to the ultralight aviation industry, where it can make a significant impact.