Wright Electric

Wright Electric

Commercial electric airliner company based in Los Angeles, USA.

Wright Electric is a startup company aiming to create a commercial airliner that runs on batteries and can handle flights under 300 miles. It will feature high aspect ratio wings for energy efficient flight, distributed electric aircraft propulsion and swappable battery packs with advanced cell chemistry. The 10-person Los Angeles based startup was founded in 2016 and has received venture capital from groups such as the Silicon Valley accelerator Y Combinator (company). The company is named after the Wright brothers. Wright publishes a monthly newsletter on sustainable aviation, the Weport.

In September 2017, UK budget carrier EasyJet announced it was developing an electric 180-seater for 2027 with Wright Electric. Wright Electric plans to develop a 10-seater and eventually an at least 120 passengers single-aisle, short-haul airliner and targets 50% lower noise and 10% lower costs.

To evaluate electric propulsion systems, two test stands were constructed: one with two 250 kW UQM motors and two Hartzell Propellers, built with Yates Electrospace, the other on a 10,000 lb (4,500 kg) trailer to be brought to high altitude test sites.

Timeline

August 10, 2016

Wright Electric raises a $120,000 seed round from Lionheart Ventures.

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Aaron Rowe

David McCloskey

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Doug Griswold

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Eli Cohen

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Jeff Engler

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EasyJet all electric plane animation

9/27/2018

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Wright Electric

Wright One

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January 31, 2020
WebWire
, , , , • easyJet welcomes this important milestone which is a crucial step on the path to electric commercial aircraft , , • Wright Electric announces that it is working with BAE Systems to accelerate the new technology , , • Wright Electric has unveiled design concepts for a 186 seater electric plane engine development program this week and set out a timeline for its testing programme , , , , , , easyJet, Europe's leading airline, welcomed the announcement by its partner Wright Electric on...
Reuters Editorial
October 29, 2018
Reuters
British airline easyJet's plan to fly electric passenger jets on some of its routes by 2027 is making progress, it said on Monday, with a partner moving to the next stage of engine development.
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