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Textron Partners with ZeroAvia to Develop Cessna 208 Hydrogen-electric Powertrain

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Textron Partners with ZeroAvia to Develop Cessna 208 Hydrogen-electric Powertrain

ZeroAvia has developed a 600kW hydrogen fuel cell electric propulsion system for the Cessna 208 Grand Caravan.

The company is looking to obtain a supplimental type certificate (STC) for its ZA600 zero-emission powertrain for commercial passenger and cargo operators.

Designed and built by Textron Aviation the Cessna 208 is the world’s best-selling single-engine turboprop, with more than 2,400 aircraft in service worldwide. Its high wing ensures that operators can maintain seating capacity or cargo space while transitioning to an actual zero-emission propulsion system.

“The Cessna Grand Caravan is on track to be one the first airframes operating commercial services – both cargo and passenger – with hydrogen-electric, zero-emission engines. And we look forward to turning sub-regional aviation into a symbol of a sustainable transformation in aviation.” said Val Miftakhov, CEO, ZeroAvia,

ZeroAvia will develop its ZA600 powertrain system for the Grand Caravan with data, engineering and certification support provided by Textron Aviation.

In July, ZeroAvia announced a new $30 million Series B round of funding, bringing Series B funding to $68 million. Up to now, ZeroAvia has raised about 150 million dollars in total.

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