Yuneec International, which first displayed at AirVenture 2009, is becoming a well-known name in circles following the development of electric-powered aircraft. And while the Jiangsu-based company (just north of Shanghai) will continue to focus on developing the most advanced and most reliable technologies for electric motors and power systems, GreenWing International (GWI) has been announced as the producer of the eSpyder and e430 electric aircraft.
"GreenWing International is a new company created to specialize in the emerging electric aviation market. We are proud to announce that GWI has been created to market the eSpyder and e430 aircraft, and bring the revolution of electric flight to the global general aviation market,” said GreenWing International CEO, Tian Yu. Since the first flights of its electric powered planes in 2009, Yuneec has been advancing its electric propulsion technologies, and all GWI aircraft will be powered by Yuneec electric propulsion systems.
The Yuneec PowerDrive 48 propulsion system offers unparalleled power and efficiency with a 48KW motor (64 hp) combined with a Motor Controller, Battery, and Charging System that are purpose-designed to work together. The e430 uses proven Lithium battery technology, similar to what is used by leading electric car manufacturers. The innovative battery system allows battery packs to be easily and quickly swapped such that the plane can be flown with one battery while another one is being charged simultaneously.
The battery powered electric commuters have finally embraced the skies.Yuneec E430 is a name you will remember for entering the history books as the first electric airplane to be commercially produced. While the giant airplanes will still fly on battery packs, Yuneec E430 a two seater light-sport aircraft (LSA) is making an appearance at the 2009 EAA Air Venture Oshkosh prior to being mass produced.Following this appearance, the plane will head to California for the FAA certification testing. The Yuneec E430 is a Chinese model aircraft which comes with a fully enclosed battery power-pack that can grill the certification tests with relative ease.Yuneec is a light aircraft with a wingspan of 45.2 ft and it brings into use a 54hp brushless motor to carry it aloft for a duration of three hours, depending on the configuration of the battery of course.It has already hit a top speed of 93mph during its initial test flights which is pleasing given the nature of its engine. Experts feel that it will not just be the electric engine, but the lack of noise and vibration coupled with low fuel and maintenance costs that will attract buyers to the Yuneec E430. [via ]
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