Ampaire: developing a hybrid-electric conversion of the Cessna 208

Ampaire is busy developing its Eco Caravan, a hybrid-electric conversion of the Cessna 208, as Dr Susan Ying, SVP Global Operations, explained to Ian Harbison in the October 2023 issue of Airliner World

California-based Ampaire was founded in 2016 by Kevin Noertker (CEO), Cory Combs (CTO), and Ryan Bilton (CFO) initially to pursue fundamental research and development on electric aircraft. However, the slow pace of battery technology progress saw the company switch its focus to hybrid-electric, resulting in the AMP-Drive hybrid-electric powertrain and lightweight battery pack.

 

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