California-based company with offices in the UK, focused on creating zero-emissions hydrogen fuel cell powertrains for next-generation electric aircraft. ZeroAvia aims to have hydrogen-powered small commercial flights in operation by 2023, larger planes by 2025, and full-range clean tech airliners in operation within 10-15 years.
Despite an abrupt and unscheduled ending to its six-seater test program, hydrogen aviation pioneer ZeroAvia is ramping up development of the largest fuel cell-powered aircraft to date – a pair of 19-seaters – and is preparing for something much bigger.
ZeroAvia says it completed the world's first hydrogen-fuel-cell powered flight of a commercial-grade aircraft when a modified Piper M-class six-seater plane took off from its facility in England, and completed a full-pattern circuit before landing.
ZeroAvia says it has successfully completed the first-ever flight of a commercial-scale electric-powered aircraft in the UK. On June 22, the company's HyFlyer aircraft with a hydrogen fuel cell powertrain took off from Cranfield Airport, Bedfordshire.
ZeroAvia is creating zero-emissions hydrogen-fuel-cell powertrains for electric mid-range aircraft that could run up to 50% cheaper than today's jet-fuel planes. CEO Val Miftakhov says he'll have a solution for long-range international flights, too.