Embraer to use Ipanema to trial new electric propulsion technology
PUBLISHED: 16:05 28 June 2019
Embraer and Brazilian hi-tech manufacturer WEG are collaborating to develop new technologies and solutions for electric propulsion in aircraft
"Advances in scientific research can make clean and renewable energy a major enabler of a new era of urban and regional air mobility that is more accessible to the population," said Daniel Moczydlower, Embraer's Executive Vice-President of Engineering and Technology.
"Our powertrain technology, developed over years for tried and tested applications in trains, buses, trucks and boats, and in constant evolution, has paved the way for this exciting scientific and technological cooperation project," adds Manfred Peter Johann, Superintendent Director of WEG Automation.
Next year the companies plan to fly an electrically-powered prototype based on the EMB-203 Ipanema agricultural aircraft that will be used as a test bed to carry out the primary evaluation of the technology.