ZeroAvia has completed the first high-power ground tests of their new 19 seat, zero-emission aviation powertrain system in California. This is a significant milestone for ZeroAvia as they continue to develop this revolutionary aircraft engine that will allow planes to fly without producing any emissions. The new 19 seat powertrain system is a key part of their plan to advance the development and commercialization of their low-carbon aviation technologies. This ground test enabled ZeroAvia’s flight-intent 600kW powertrain to demonstrate its capability to provide high power, long life cycle, and low emissions.
The test also allowed ZeroAvia to verify the safety and stability of the new engine under critical start and stop conditions. ZeroAvia believes that for the aircraft industry to succeed in meeting emission targets, planes will need much shorter flight times and higher frequency operations with large but economical capacity aircraft. ZeroAvia plans on achieving this by creating a new aviation powertrain system that will enable the use of clean electric energy in aviation. The test was performed on a replica UAV powertrain system without its core gas generator. The purpose of this first ground test was to show that ZeroAvia’s 19 seat aviation powertrain can provide high-power, long life cycle, and low emissions.
Additional tests will now follow as they continue to validate their new propulsion system. ZeroAvia’s propulsion powertrain is a critical component in their plan to develop and commercialize ultra-clean, zero-emission aircraft and electric drones. The system includes an innovative gas generator, an advanced energy storage system, and power electronics that will allow planes to fly without producing any emissions. This was a significant milestone in ZeroAvia’s development of the world’s first fully-electric 19 seat aviation powertrain, and they will now use this experience to move onto the next phase, starting with additional high-power testing and then ultimately transitioning to flight testing of a full-scale 19 seat powertrain system.