Perhaps I missed it, but haven't seen any discussion about electric power plants in Zeniths or perhaps kit planes in general? With the new siemens motors 100 hp and 250 hp soon becoming available and a number of battery suppliers is that another option to the list of combustion engines? At somepoint I will bedoing more than just looking at 750 kits and the electric power plant has always intrigued me.


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I haven't heard of anyone doing it yet. I think you should pave the way forward.

Hi Mark, I have been a brushless motor engineer for 25 years. The motor and controller technology is here, but even the best lithium batterys lag far behind. First applications will be electrically launched sailplanes, followed by small electric vertical takeoff and landing (EVTOL) air taxis with replaceable battery packs for short hops. My Zenith Zodiac with Viking Honda 110 HP will give the range and power that I need. It is truly amazing how much energy is in 1 gal. of gasoline compared to battery power! Best Regards, Larry Zepp

I think we might be a bit further along than that, the Eflyer and Pipistrel for example. But you're right, at this time gasoline is still ahead of batteries but that gap is closing. The examples above can stay aloft for 3+ hours and are promoted as training aircraft, a 4 seater Eflyer is currently in the works.  If the technology can get an LSA to100hp and say 5 hours run time, I think that would change everything. I was just thinking out loud that kit planes with all the customizing you can do would be particularly suited to a non traditional power unit. 


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