Heart Aerospace “opens U.S R&D Hub, begins new development phase for hybrid-electric aircraft”

Heart Aerospace ES-30 Aircraft

Sweden-based hybrid-electric aircraft manufacturer, Heart Aerospace, recently announced a significant step forward with the opening of a new Research and Development (R&D) Hub in the United States, reports a press release. 

This important move comes as the company prepares to begin a new phase of hardware testing in the development of its first regional hybrid-electric airplane, the ES-30.

The Hub is located in Los Angeles and will focus on the advancement of Heart’s hybrid-electric propulsion system and associated key technologies. The company is to relocate its full-scale aircraft demonstrator to the U.S, where it aims to demonstrate proof of concept of this new and innovative propulsion system.

Anders Forslund, co-Founder and CEO of Heart Aerospace, commented, “Los Angeles is the obvious choice for the company’s R&D Hub considering the city’s rich history of innovation. We’re working on a solution referred to as independent hybrid propulsion and we aim to demonstrate this during 2025.”

To lead the charge, Benjamin Stabler has been appointed as the company’s new Chief Technology Officer. Stabler, who has led hardware and software teams on the Crew Dragon program at SpaceX and served as co-Founder of Parallel Systems, a developer of automated, battery-electric freight rail vehicles, brings a wealth of experience to Heart Aerospace. He will recruit a team for the Hub, which will work closely with the company’s HQ in Gothenburg.

Forslund continued, “I’m thrilled that Ben is joining our team. His experience and passion for innovation is just what Heart needs to advance our mission to decarbonise and democratise air travel.”  Adding, “The company has an exciting time ahead as we enter this new phase of hardware testing.” 

Heart Aerospace’s ES-30, a regional hybrid-electric airplane with a standard seating capacity of 30 passengers, aims to deliver unparalleled sustainability and efficiency on short-haul routes. With a fully electric zero-emission range of 200 kilometres and an extended hybrid range of 400 kilometres, the ES-30 offers lower emissions and operating costs.

The company has already secured 250 orders for the aircraft, with options and purchase rights for another 120. Heart also has Letters of Intent for a further 191. Heart has attracted global investments with North America emerging as a primary market.

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