SPECTRUM NEWS - Amber Hughes

13 April 2024

Electric vehicles already exist. But electrified airports will be developed in San Antonio.

“You’re looking at a hybrid electric aircraft,” said Ed Lovelace, Ampaire’s chief technology officer.

It’s a small plane that’s powered by electric batteries and fuel.

“Just like a ground hybrid vehicle, this has more range than its conventional counterpart,” Lovelace said. “Because it runs more efficiently than the conventional aircraft, it can fly further.”

This is one of the innovative ideas to come from collaborating with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA-E).

“We support high-risk, high-reward transformational energy technologies,” said Dr. Evelyn Wang, director of ARPA-E. “So, we’re always looking for what’s next.”

[Read more: San Antonio named test site for airport of the future (spectrumlocalnews.com)]

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