Pipistrel opens electric aircraft charging station

Pipistrel, one of the world’s most innovative light aircraft companies, has developed a charging station for electric aeroplanes.

The Slovenian company worked with students from three universities on the project, which was officially launched on 30 August at the Pipistrel factory.

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The Pipistrel team and students behind the new electric aircraft charging point. Top: a Pipistrel Alpha Electro training aircraft using the new charging station.

Pipistrel produces the €118,000 Alpha Electro electric light sport aircraft, which was the first aeroplane to use the charging station. The Alpha Electro is powered by a Siemens 85kW electric motor weighing 14kg, and has a 17kWh battery pack designed to be either quickly replaceable within minutes or charged in less than one hour.

The project was co-financed by Slovenia’s Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, and the European Union from the European Social Fund.

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Comments

  1. Dear Sir/Madam:
    Many thanks for such an interesting article on ‘Electric Aircraft Battery Charging Station’ and I would appreciate more info on this fascinating and forward thinking development for light aircraft. Please E-mail me with more info and I will ‘Credit’ the relevant organisation on publication within my book.
    My thanks in anticipation. Yours aye, Liveryman Dr. JOHN McADAM, PhD, MA, BA(Hons), FRGS. [The Honourable Company of Air Pilots].

  2. This is good stuff.
    Is there any development on combined electric charging and then solar charging while airborne in order to extend the flight endurance?

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