Embraer unveiled, on the eve of its 50th anniversary, images of the demonstrator aircraft with 100% electric propulsion technology, which is currently under development.
The prototype has a special paint scheme and is ready to receive systems and components.
The aircraft’s electric motor and controller are being manufactured by WEG at the company’s headquarters in Jaraguá do Sul, Santa Catarina, Brazil, as part of the scientific and technological cooperation agreement for jointly development of electrification technologies.
First flight of the aircraft, based on the Embraer single-engine EMB-203 Ipanema crop duster, is to come next year.
In addition to the fixed-wing demonstrator, Embraer’s urban air mobility business, Embraer-X, is developing an air taxi concept — the DreamMaker — with the goal of running on electric power.