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Rolls-Royce To Power Widerøe’s All-electric Planes

: Mar 12, 2021 - : 9:19 am

Rolls-Royce and Scandinavian regional airline Widerøe are working together to develop an all-electric passenger aircraft for the commuter market. The engine manufacturer hopes to bring the aircraft to service s in 2026.

The 11-seat plane is being designed for initial use in Norway, where extremely short flights are very common due to the country’s mountainous territory. The project is part of Norway’s plan to make all domestic flights emissions free by 2040.

According to the agreement between the two parties, Rolls-Royce will handle power systems and propulsion, with existing partner Tecnam managing aircraft design. The P-Volt, as the model is known, is one of three electrified aviation projects that the FTSE blue chip is currently working on

“Norway’s extensive network of short take-off and landing airports is ideal for zero emissions technologies. This aircraft shows how quickly new technology can and will be developed, and that we are on track with our ambition of flying with zero emissions around 2025,” said Stein Nilsen, Chief Executive of Widerøe.

“Electrification will help us deliver our ambition to enable the markets in which we operate achieve net zero carbon by 2050,” said Rob Watson, Director – Rolls-Royce Electrical. “This collaboration strengthens our existing relationships with Tecnam and Widerøe as we look to explore what is needed to deliver an all-electric passenger aircraft for the commuter market. It also demonstrates Rolls-Royce’s ambitions to be the leading supplier of all-electric and hybrid electric propulsion and power systems across multiple aviation markets.”


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