Effectively, we’ve received just a few unbiased brains with the same thought, solely this time, it’s a Zero bike motor/battery duo powering just a little electrical Motorglider referred to as the “eXenos.”
“… the Xenos is an affordable airframe package, and the Zero bike powerplant is, if not low cost by VW motor requirements, extraordinarily inexpensive once you examine the acquisition value to the typical plane engine,” explains Paul Dye about his machine in his article on Kitplanes Journal.
If anyone is aware of planes, Dye does; his resume consists of issues like “Lead Flight Director for NASA’s Human Area Flight program.” Predictably, Dye’s hobbies embody tinkering with small, home made plane… which is how he initially ended up in sunny California to try what Zero’s co-founder (Gabriel DeVault) had been twiddling with.
Having been suitably impressed on the electrical construct and, taking a flight or two in it, confirmed that Zero’s battery and motor models labored nicely for the dimensions of the package aircraft, Dye headed house to work on a chook of his personal with the beneficiant mentorship of DeVault.
Naturally, Dye succeeded in his venture; we’re informed he even improved the hearth security of the factor by going electrical.
“If [Paul had] caught to a combustion engine, the gas tank finally ends up behind the firewall – virtually in your lap,” explains protection from RideApart.
“With the Zero powertrain, the battery pack finally ends up mounted ahead of the firewall, which appears advantageous from a fireplace security standpoint.”
Endurance has been improved with the addition of the 14.4kWh/hr lithium-cobalt Zero battery, too, although ferrying has purportedly been lower down from three-ish hours to 1, and charging takes longer, making a pro-con stability system that circles round to the identical previous question:
Do you like ICE or electrical energy?
Dye’s able to “go electrical,” so anticipate updates as he continues his exploration of zero-emission aeronautics!