• VerdeGo Aero, XTI Partner On Hybrid-Electric TriFan 200

    From Larry Dighera@21:1/5 to All on Mon Nov 23 10:36:32 2020

    VerdeGo Aero, XTI Partner On Hybrid-Electric TriFan 200

    Kate O'Connor
    November 20, 20200

    Image: VerdeGo Aero/XTI Aircraft Company
    VerdeGo Aero and XTI Aircraft Company have announced that they will
    work together on XTI’s autonomous hybrid-electric TriFan 200 vertical
    takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft. As part of the partnership,
    VerdeGo will be providing its diesel-electric hybrid powertrain for
    the cargo-oriented TriFan 200. XTI is also developing the larger
    six-seat TriFan 600.

    “The TriFan 200 aircraft will open up a significant new market for XTI
    to address the needs of cargo and logistics operators globally,” said
    XTI Aircraft CEO Robert LaBelle. “We are excited to be partnered with
    VerdeGo to leverage their experience with hybrid powertrains combined
    with our experience from the TriFan 600 program to create an
    efficient, economical, profitable VTOL aircraft for fleet operators

    The autonomous TriFan 200 VTOL is expected to be capable of carrying
    up to 500 pounds of cargo with a range of greater than 200 NM. The
    design is targeted at short-range “express logistics” operations. As
    previously reported by AVweb https://www.avweb.com/recent-updates/business-military/xti-trifan-prototype-makes-first-flight
    , XTI completed the first test flights of a 65 percent scale TriFan
    600 proof-of-concept prototype last year.

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