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eSpyder electric aircraft goes on sale for under $40K

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August 2, 2013

Standard flight times fall between 60 and 90 minutes

Standard flight times fall between 60 and 90 minutes

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Electric aircraft company GreenWing International has announced the release of its first 50 eSpyder single-seat electric planes, which will be sold as build-it-yourself kits for for under US$40,000.

The eSpyder is a compact little flyer, measuring 5.9 m (19.4 ft) nose to tail, standing 2.4 m (7.9 ft) high with a wingspan of 10.1 m (33.1 ft). Empty, the eSpyder weighs 186 kg (410 lb).

It's propelled by a 24 kW (32 hp) motor powered by a 13-kWh onboard lithium battery. GreenWing says that the eSpyder's custom charging system monitors the health of the battery in order to achieve the best performance possible.

According to GreenWing's figures, the eSpyder can cruise at speeds of up to 68 mph (109 km/h), though to optimize efficiency it can cruise in economy mode at 38 mph (61 km/h). Standard flight times fall between 60 and 90 minutes. Recharging the battery takes 2 to 3 hours.

The company will ship 25 eSpyders in the United States at a cost of US$39,990. Another 25 will be sold in Europe for €34,990 each. In Germany, the eSpyder has been DULV certified, making it the first electric aircraft to be certified at a national level.

The company says that it has limited the initial run in order to ensure "outstanding service" for customers. The company is aiming to deliver the kits before the end of the year.

GreenWing International is a spin-off of Yuneec to focus on the electric aircraft developed by that company, including the eSpyder and e430.

Source: GreenWing International via Wired

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9 Comments

Looks like someone has come with the idea of sticking an electric motor on an ultralight - instead of the two-stroke motor! They should sell the gear separately so you could convert and use an existing glider for longer flight times.

The Skud
4th August, 2013 @ 07:51 pm PDT

The best thing about this aircraft is that it should be very quiet to operate

Oztechi
5th August, 2013 @ 05:43 am PDT

I'm not sure I like the terminology: Standard flight times "fall" between 60 and 90 minutes.

Mr E
5th August, 2013 @ 10:00 am PDT

I think the thing will still be pretty noisy, just as the main noise from cars now, is from their tires. The roar of the spinning blade will be pretty loud.

Dan Lewis
5th August, 2013 @ 12:36 pm PDT

Add a buoyant wing to this and the flight time will dramatically increase.

Joseph Mertens
5th August, 2013 @ 02:25 pm PDT

I flew this in Oshkosh a week ago. It was so quiet I could hear my cell phone click when I took self portraits with my arm extended into the slipstream.

A fabulous step forward in electric flight for Americans. These are the early 1900s of a new era of flight.

Jim Lawrence
7th August, 2013 @ 09:53 pm PDT

Please give due credit to the eGull. Steadily improving performance, affordable...AND...in the market place for the same price for the past several years. Here is a clip from.. http://blog.cafefoundation.org/?p=8110 Check out the photos. The eGull is super quiet and climbs like crazy.

Mark Beierele of Earthstar Aircraft has been a steady presence over the years, and this year demonstrated his eGull 2000 equipped with his latest motor, a Zero Motorcycles 54-horsepower, dual-stator unit. He put on a crowd-pleasing demonstration of the aircraft’s capabilities at the ultralight area on Friday morning, showing under 100-foot takeoff runs and climbing at an appreciable angle, reaching his pattern cruising altitude by the end of the short runway.

RMM
1st September, 2013 @ 06:28 pm PDT

What is the stall speed?

Javier MacDonald
3rd September, 2013 @ 10:03 am PDT

As we restart where we left off in the 1900's with electric cars,I welcome the slow transition to electric powered flight.I have no doubt it will make aircraft safer,more affordable for the ultralight or private pilot crowd.Within the next 15 to 20 years,I have no doubt range will no longer be a problem,with increased battery capacity and fast chargers all over the nations roadways and airports.I can't wait.

Thomas Lewis
8th September, 2013 @ 10:57 pm PDT
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