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.
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.