Accelerating the Future...
- FINALIST : Transportation
- Award Year: 2019
- Nominee URL: https://www.ampaire.com/
High use of oil and high emissions from conventional aircraft. Every year aircraft inject over 800 million tons of CO2 directly into our atmosphere. Aviation is the only form of transportation in the U.S. that still uses leaded fuel. Airports are seen as burdens to the surrounding communities due to the significant noise and pollution. For the airlines that fly regional routes, the economics are challenging. They struggle to be profitable due to high operating costs, especially for fuel and maintenance. Fueled flights are limited in frequency due to poor economic returns. Often times, the airlines flying these routes only survive due to significant government subsidies.
At Ampaire, we are building practical, compelling electric airplanes that are cleaner, quieter, and significantly less costly to operate. Our approach is pragmatic, lean, and scalable.
Electric planes have zero tailpipe emissions and super low greenhouse gas emissions. 66% more silent and smoother than fossil fuel propulsion 90% cost reductions in fuel and 50% in maintenance
Aviation is built on trust. For good reason, that sets a very high bar for the safety of our products and the requirements for regulatory approval.
“The core of the mission for our company is to build practical and compelling products that bring meaningful solutions as quickly as possible,” he told the outlet. He also further explained exactly how using a plane that already exists helps speed along the process, telling Fast Company: “That’s because you’re using a plane that already has the approvals from the regulatory agencies, and you’re just modifying those existing approvals.” A story about Norway: All of Norway, all the time. That’s the goal of the airline whose operations connect their country. As a result, Norway’s remote population can travel from wherever they are, to the capital city Oslo and back on the same day. Even more critical, are the 400,000 patients, transported annually between their homes and hospitals. Aviation is literally the community’s lifeline. But this connectivity comes at a significant cost. The planes we fly are destroying our environment, injecting over 2% of global CO2 emissions, around 800 million tons, directly into our atmosphere every year. And for airlines, the economics are challenging. They struggle to be profitable due to high operating costs. Those that fly often only survive because of the hundreds of millions of dollars of subsidies that governments provide. At Ampaire, we are solving these problems today by electrifying aviation. So let’s look at a specific use-case. Electrification improves operating economics, and massively expands the number of viable routes. For example, two of the largest cities in Norway are connected together with only 1 daily flight. That flight is 160km, just 35 minutes. If you miss that flight, then your trip could take 3 hours, having to fly inconvenient connections or take ground transportation. And inconvenience like this happens all over the world. Fueled flights are limited in frequency due to poor economic returns. But, by adding new point-to-point pairs flown profitably with electric aircraft, we can connect communities in a way that has never been possible before. Electrification can double the number of routes and flights. And the environmental impact and community burden of those flights nearly goes to zero. Now, that is an exciting future!