Tecnam has partnered with Rolls-Royce and major worldwide aviation players including North American and European airlines for the development of the P-Volt, an all-electric, twin electric motor, short and medium range passenger aircraft designed for maximum versatility and safety and powered by renewable energy.
The P-Volt will benefit from Tecnam's achievements in 11 seat category aircraft. The P-Volt will be the first commercial nine passenger, cargo, medical evacuation and special mission aircraft to be electrified directly by the manufacturer.
The Tecnam P-Volt propulsion system and avionics, engineered to persuade the world towards sustainable energy along with the Clean Aviation roadmap, will be specifically targeted at commercial operations. All-electric motors, avionics, heating, air conditioning and de-ice/anti-ice systems will provide fully sustainable and pollution-free transportation. Dedicated battery technology will ensure full power availability for quick turnaround times between landing and takeoff. The benefits of the propulsion system also extend to reducing the aircraft's operating costs and noise emissions for a more accessible and comfortable transportation system that will elevate the air travel operations worldwide to new heights.
Tecnam and Rolls-Royce are already in partnership with the H3PS project: a parallel hybrid electric version of the P2010 four-seater, pairing the electric motor from Rolls-Royce with a combustion engine from Rotax.
Paolo Pascale Langer, Tecnam CEO, comments: “We are proud to announce the P-Volt design and development. We all need to commit our efforts towards systems that contribute to decarbonisation. 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.”
Rolls-Royce Electrical director Rob Watson adds: “We are 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.”