VoltAero unveils mobile charger at Dubai Airshow
VoltAero has shown its universal mobile electric aircraft charger to the public for the first time at this year’s Dubai Airshow.
Designed with the charging needs of VoltAero’s Cassio hybrid-electric range in mind, the unit will also be capable of charging other electric aircraft too, including eVTOLs.
Purported to be able to recharge the Cassio 330 in around 30 minutes, the charger uses a smart combination of supercapacitors and batteries for a power output of 100kw. The charger can also be programmed to autonomously deploy to the aircraft wherever it is at the airport.
Jean Botti, VoltAero’s CEO and chief technology officer said: “This latest development underscores how VoltAero and its partners already are taking steps beyond our development of the breakthrough Cassio family to evolve an optimised infrastructure that will support the e-aircraft sector.”
As well as the charger unit’s world debut, the VoltAero display in the Dubai World Center — exhibit stand V64 — includes Kawasaki Motors’ four-cylinder and six-cylinder internal combustion engines which will power the Cassio’s hybrid-electric propulsion module. Thee engines will also be capable f running on hydrogen in the future, VoltAero have a hydrogen-powered demonstrator flight test programme scheduled for 2025.