Tecnam, the Italian general aviation manufacturer, announced a partnership with Rolls-Royce for the development of the P-Volt, an all-electric twin motor passenger aircraft. The two companies were already partnering in developing the H3PS, a hybrid-electric version of Tecnam’s P2010 single-engine aircraft. For the P-Volt they are working with other major worldwide aviation player including North American and European airlines.
The twin-motor short or medium range aircraft will carry 9 passengers or could be used for cargo or medical evacuation. Experience from developing their twin-engine P2012 Traveller will benefit the development of the P-Volt, and the airframes will share similarities such as the high wing.
The company will follow the Clean Aviation roadmap outlined by the European Commission. With all-electric motors, avionics, heating, air conditioning and state-of-the art de-ice/anti-ice systems, Tecnam promises fully sustainable and pollution-free transportation. They say the dedicated battery technology will allow for quick turnaroud times, and the aircraft’s operating costs and noise emissions will be reduced.
TECNAM is proud to announce the P-Volt design and development. We all need to commit our efforts towards systems that contribute to decarbonization. By combining efficiency and renewable energy into the futuristic propulsion system, we will not only reduce costs, but also grant a greener future to our passion for flying.
– Paolo Pascale Langer, CEO of Tecnam
Rolls-Royce is committed to delivering the electrification of flight and to support the de-carbonisation of aviation. This new partnership with TECNAM will strengthen our existing relationship, further developing both companies’ capabilities. We are delighted to work with all the partners on a programme that has the potential to develop the technology to make a significant leap in the commuter market.
– Rob watson, Director of Rolls-Royce Electrical