MagniX, the Redmond-based aviation company developing an all-electric propulsion motor for aircraft, announced Tuesday it will partner with Harbour Air in Vancouver, B.C. to transform the company’s seaplanes into all-electric, eco-friendly “ePlanes.”
“We’re excited to partner with Harbour Air, a forward thinking, like-minded company that is dedicated to bringing environmentally conscious, cost effective air-transport solutions to the West Coast of North America,” said magniX CEO Roei Ganzarski. “This partnership will set the standard for the future of commercial aviation operators.”
Harbour Air operates 12 routes between Seattle, Vancouver, and the Pacific Northwest, and transports more than 500,000 passengers on 30,000 commercial flights each year.
By modifying existing Harbour Air seaplanes with innovative, all-electric magniX propulsion systems, the partnership aims to create the world’s first completely electric commercial seaplane fleet, according to Ganzarski, resulting in Harbour Air ePlanes having zero reliance on fossil fuels and producing zero emissions.
“We are excited to bring commercial electric aviation to the Pacific Northwest, turning our seaplanes into ePlanes,” added Harbour Air founder and CEO Greg McDougall.
According to Ganzarski, the aviation industry currently contributes 12 percent of all U.S. carbon emissions, and 4.9 percent globally, all while providing few low-cost, fuel-efficient options for passenger flights under 1,000 miles.
“In 2018, 75 percent of worldwide airline flights were 1,000 miles or less in range,” added Ganzarski. “With magniX’s new propulsion systems coupled with emerging battery capabilities, we see tremendous potential for electric aviation to transform this heavily trafficked ‘middle mile’ range.”
The first Harbour Air commercial aircraft to be converted will be the six-passenger DHC-2 de Havilland Beaver. Harbour Air and magniX expect to conduct first flight tests of the all-electric aircraft in late 2019.