Renewable Energy Magazine - Ampaire Preparing to Test Electric EEL in Partnership with Mokulele Airlines
Los Angeles, California-based Ampaire has begun a flight test program on its first commercial product, the Ampaire Electric EEL, a twin-engine Cessna 337 Skymaster modified to fly with one conventional combustion engine and one electric motor. It is the largest hybrid-electric aircraft flying today. The Electric EEL will enter flight trials on commercial routes with Mokulele Airlines in Hawaii later this year, a partnership enabled by a Hawaii-based startup accelerator, Elemental Excelerator. FAA certification of the Electric EEL is projected for 2021.