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Heart calls on BAE for regional aircraft battery development
Thursday, 6 April 2023
The battery will be the first-of-its-kind to be integrated into an electric conventional takeoff and landing (eCTOL) regional aircraft, allowing it to efficiently operate with zero emissions and low noise.

Heart Aerospace, a Swedish electric aircraft maker, is teaming up with BAE Systems in a collaboration to define the battery system for its ES-30 regional aircraft.

The battery will be the first-of-its-kind to be integrated into an electric conventional takeoff and landing (eCTOL) regional aircraft, allowing it to efficiently operate with zero emissions and low noise.

The ES-30 will be powered by four electric motors, and has an all-electric range of 200 kilometres, an extended reserve hybrid range of 400 kilometres with 30 passengers and ability to fly up to 800 kilometres with 25 passengers.

The ES-30 will also have a cost-effective and scalable upgrade path as future battery technology matures. The battery upgrade roadmap allows for increased usable energy at the same weight, resulting in longer flight durations and expanded route options.

“Our industry-leading solution builds on decades of expertise delivering technologies and systems needed to progress sustainable transportation,” says Ehtisham Siddiqui, vice president and general manager of Controls and Avionics Solutions at BAE Systems. “We are delighted to collaborate with Heart Aerospace on the innovative battery system for its electric airplane.”

The program will leverage more than 25 years of BAE Systems' expertise in electrifying large, heavy-duty industrial vehicles. The company has over 15,000 power and propulsion systems operating in service across the globe. Work on the program will be conducted at the company's state-of-the-art facility in Endicott, New York.

“BAE Systems' extensive experience in developing batteries for heavy-duty ground applications, and their experience in developing safety critical control systems for aerospace, make them an ideal partner in this important next step for the ES-30 and for the aviation industry,” adds Sofia Graflund, chief operating officer at Heart Aerospace. “We look forward to decarbonizing air travel together.”

Heart Aerospace has a total of 230 orders and 100 options for the ES-30, along with letter of intent for an additional 108 airplanes.

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Heart Aerospace Airframer
BAE Systems Electronic Systems Air-to-Ground Data Links, Airborne Electrical Power Supplies, Automatic Flight Control Systems, Battery Chargers/Analysers, Electronic Warfare Systems, Engine Controls, Fly-by-Wire Systems, Lithium-ion Batteries, Missiles, Power Conversion Equipment, Power Distribution Equipment, Radio Communications Equipment
Related aircraft programs:
Heart ES-30
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Electrical Power Systems
Batteries & Accessories