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Canadian companies Solar Ship and Zenair are collaborating on conversion of Zenair’s STOL CH750 into an electric bushplane. The new aircraft will be recharged by either a battery swap or electric vehicle rechargers, will not use any fossil fuel and will be available as wheeled, floatplane or amphibious variants.
The project is part of the companies’ partnership that began in 2011 when Zenair developed the fuselage for Solar Ship’s Zenship 11, a hybrid aircraft able to take off and land from a short, football pitchlength field to deliver critical cargo for disaster relief.
“We have been working with Zenair to ensure we could deliver the right power, weight and reliability for their aircraft,” said Solar Ship Chief Executive Officer Jay Godsall. “We love what Zenair has done to improve the STOL CH750 and we now have a perfect electric propulsion system for that aircraft. The new electric bush plane will be complemented by a network of low-cost solar powered hangars able to provide battery swap stations in remote areas. Once you buy this aircraft you break free from the shackles of oil, and you never need to refuel again. It is complete self-reliance.”
Proven STOL CH750 will be the basis of the joint-venture electric bushplane