Airflow is to explore using VerdeGo Aero’s hybrid-electric powertrain in its eSTOL aircraft, which could increase the range to four to ten times that of a battery-electric system.

As part of a new partnership between the two companies, Airflow has said it shows the advancement of electric propulsion systems for aircraft that will provide long-range capability, reduce turnaround time on the ground and enable back-to-back missions before refuelling or recharging.

Marc Ausman, CEO and Co-Founder of Airflow, said: “Our ability to rapidly move cargo from a warehouse directly to another warehouse helps e-commerce companies centralise inventory and reduce carrying costs. These capabilities are made possible by continued strategic
partnerships like VerdeGo Aero.”

VerdeGo Aero’s diesel (Jet-A) hybrid system combines a 180KW generator with a high-power battery pack that reduces emissions and fuel burn by 35 per cent, compared to conventional turbine powertrains.

The company’s collaboration with Airflow follows a similar agreement with XTI Aircraft, where it will supply the diesel-hybrid powertrain to TriFan 200 model.

Eric Bartsch, CEO & Co-founder VerdeGo Aero, added: “VerdeGo Aero is excited to be applying its hybrid-electric powertrain systems for the Airflow eSTOL aircraft. VerdeGo’s hybrid powertrain will enable the Airflow eSTOL to play a significant role in cargo and logistics missions around the world.”

Airflow says its eSTOL platform will be one of the first electric aircraft designed for aerial logistics, providing a higher payload at a lower cost than eVTOL cargo aircraft.

Once operational, its aerial logistics service will be able to move cargo and time-sensitive medical supplies directly between warehouses without using traditional airports.

Airflow’s eSTOL aircraft requires less than 150 feet to take off and land using a 300-foot runway, about the length of three helipads next to each other. The fixed-wing model will have the ability to carry 500lbs of cargo and it is expected to go into production by 2025.

The company is progressing well with developments, and began flight tests of a sub-scale demonstrator earlier this year.