Report: The Next Generation Aircraft Power List

The next step up from eVTOLs, these are 10-40 seat planes that are either carbon neutral or with a vastly reduced carbon footprint.

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The Next Generation Aircraft Power List

What do we mean by Next Generation Aircraft?

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The next step up from eVTOLs, these are 10-40 seat planes that are either carbon neutral or with a vastly reduced carbon footprint.

Also referred to as AAM (advanced air mobility), these aircraft are powered by three different technologies, which we will go on to explore in this report: Electric, hybrid-electric and hydrogen-electric (there is also hydrogen-combustion, which Airbus is looking at).

Some companies are retrofitting existing aircraft (e.g. ZeroAvia and the Dornier 228), while others want to build completely new aircraft (e.g the Eviation Alice and the Heart Aerospace ES-30).

Potential and Future

Immediate transformative effect on many communities

This is due to the fact that next generation aircraft will initially be on regional routes. They solve the biggest issues around small and urban airports – noise, pollution and cost. At a time when the aviation industry is under pressure to cap growth, we could actually see more people flying thanks to these planes, but in a less carbon intensive way.

Building a foundation for the future

Secondly, many of the companies we feature have a road-map to move from 19 to 50 to 100 aircraft, so the technology used in regional aircraft in 2029, could well form the basis of newer 100-200 seat narrowbodies in 2039.

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