The installation of the infrastructure is a significant milestone in achieving the two companies' shared vision for a sustainable industry
Eviation Aircraft has announced a deal with Clay Lacy Aviation to provide electric charging stations as part of its Fixed Based Operator (FBO) network of services.
The agreement - which will enable Eviation to re-charge its all-electric Alice at various airports - comes as the manufacturer prepares for the design’s anticipated entry-into-service date in 2024.
Once operational, the nine-passenger, emission-free aircraft - which requires just 30 minutes to charge per every flight hour, according to the company - will have a maximum range of 440nm.
DHL Express recently announced the purchase of 12 examples as part of its plans to establish the world's first electric air cargo network.
"This partnership is just the beginning for Eviation as we look to build out the supporting infrastructure needed to bring electric aviation to life," said Omer Bar-Yohay, CEO of Eviation. "With a network of visionary FBOs, we can ensure accessible, quick and seamless charging as we march toward a cleaner aviation future.”
Roei Ganzarski, executive chairman of Eviation, added: "Now, operators can choose to make the financially and environmentally sustainable choice for their aircraft. With partners like Clay Lacy Aviation, we are bringing the option of low-cost, clean electric flight closer to more and more communities."
For more than 50 years, Clay Lacy has provided aircraft management, charter, maintenance, avionics, interiors, aircraft cleaning and FBO services.
In 2020, the company developed a comprehensive sustainability strategy to reduce its carbon footprint and the environmental impact of its facilities and clients.
Brian Kirkdoffer, CEO of Clay Lacy Aviation, commented: "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 program 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."