Eviation Aircraft has developed the first zero-emission electric regional commuter aircraft prototype using Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE Cloud-based platform.

Specifically, the company implemented the 3DEXPERIENCE platform-based ‘Reinvent the Sky’ industry solution experience.

The Cloud solution offered full data security and supported the company’s 3D approach, composite design and flow simulation.

Named as Alice, the aircraft will be able to fly at a speed of 240k for 650 miles and height of 10,000ft on a single charge.

It is equipped with a main pusher propeller at the tail and two pusher propellers at the wingtips.

Designed to carry nine passengers and two crews, the aircraft complies with the US Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) FAR 23 standard for commuter and on-demand operations.

Eviation Aircraft CEO Omer Bar-Yohay said: “The electrification of aircraft isn’t a question of if, but when. As we aim to make clean regional air travel accessible for all, we needed to be able to make a product that people trust, sit in and fly, and do it quickly.

“The right way to go about it was to use tools that we would want to use in the long run, and to work in the Cloud to ensure fast, secure access and global collaboration.

“When we selected the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, we were an early-stage start-up with limited resources and time. We’ve developed our commercial-stage prototype faster than we imagined, and have already signed our first customer in the US.”

The development of the prototype took two years to complete, noted Eviation Aircraft.