Creating a more sustainable way to fly

Aerospace conglomerate Embraer has unveiled ambitious plans to develop its first fully electric aircraft. The firm, which has its EMEA headquarters in Amsterdam’s Zuidas business district, released images of an all-electric demonstrator aircraft. The test plane – an adapted EMB-203 Ipanema crop duster – will be fitted with an electric motor which is being developed by Brazilian company WEG, which also produces wind turbines. Embraer plans to test its first fully electric flight next year, after the engine and control systems are tested in the coming months.

How Amsterdam’s aerospace firms are becoming more sustainable

Electric flying is seen as one way the aviation industry could become more sustainable, though currently electric motors and batteries aren’t powerful enough to replace jet engines. Embraer’s move follows several sustainable initiatives from Amsterdam aerospace firms. These include KLM’s recent commitment to using sustainable aviation fuel and the Airports Council International’s recognition of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol's reduction, management and compensation of its CO2 emissions. Just this week, Amsterdam-based airline Transavia said it was attempting to reduce its environmental impact with the help of Bit, a company that uses next-gen tech to solve challenges.

The Amsterdam Area’s aerospace industry

The Amsterdam Area's aerospace industry is home to leading international companies such as Boeing, GE Aviation, Bell and CAE, as well as supplier network and service providers, including AAR, Moog and DART Aerospace. In an interview with Embraer's EMEA president Jorge Ramos, he explained that the firm was attracted to Amsterdam by its world-class talent pool, transparency, thriving business environment and quality of life.

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