Ampaire, the company that set the endurance record for hybrid-electric flight in December, believes it can become even more efficient.

The firm on Thursday announced it successfully completed a hybrid-electric ground test using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from partner Dimensional Energy. The pure, 100 percent ASTM D7566 SAF is produced from electricity and carbon dioxide and was used to fuel Ampaire’s nine-seat Eco Caravan, a modified Cessna 208B Grand Caravan.

The goal of testing was to validate the performance of Dimensional Energy’s pure e-fuel SAF. According to Ampaire, the results “exceeded expectations,” demonstrating a massive increase in energy efficiency compared to traditional jet fuels.


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