Flying Vehicle Charging Stations Set to Scale in U.S.

Beta Technologies and Archer Aviation agree to jointly deploy interoperable charging systems in multiple locations

Chuck Martin, Editorial Director AI & IoT

November 7, 2023

3 Min Read
Beta Technologies' Alia flying vehicle charges at one of Beta's electric charging stations.
Beta Technologies

Two leading electric aerial vehicles (EAV) companies are teaming to accelerate the rollout of fast-charging electric systems for flying vehicles.

Beta Technologies and Archer Aviation agreed to jointly deploy interoperable charging systems in multiple locations.

The Beta charging systems are already in use at 14 locations across the eastern U.S. with development underway at 55 more locations.

Archer uses two of the Beta Charge Cube systems at its flight test facilities and now plans to rapidly deploy more as needed.

“Fast charging is critical to ensure rapid turnaround times between flights,” said Adam Goldstein, Archer founder and CEO. “A widespread, fast charging system is critical to ensuring electric air taxis reach scale in the coming years and this collaboration between two industry leaders is an exciting step towards achieving that.”

Electric charging stations are needed for Archer to scale its eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) vehicle business.

Beta already deployed charging stations for use by the U.S. Air Force at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

“Over the past decade, transportation has shifted toward electric and now we’re seeing resonance and viability for aviation to do the same,” said Kyle Clark, Beta founder and CEO. “A backbone of reliable, fast and accessible infrastructure will be critical to enabling this technology, which is why we’ve been focused on building out a charging network alongside our aircraft for some time now. When we designed our chargers, we saw an opportunity to support the entire sector by using an already peer-reviewed standard, and we’re thrilled to collaborate with Archer now to validate that aim.”

Related:Flying Vehicle Charging Being Added to Air Force Base

Beta Technologies recently landed its piloted EAV at the Florida Air Force base after a series of flights starting in Burlington, Vermont, where the company is located. 

The Beta Alia aircraft is scheduled to stay at Elgin for several months for the Air Force for hands-on experimentation and training with the technology.

Beta has partnered with AFWERX, the innovation arm of the U.S. Air Force that leverages the Air Force Research Laboratory for this program.

Beta makes both an eVTOL aircraft and an eCTOL (electric conventional takeoff and landing) craft.

The company recently installed the first charging station for EAVs at Raleigh Executive Jetport in North Carolina

The Beta chargers are multimodal, meaning they can charge electric aircraft as well as electric cars and trucks at the airport. Beta’s electric charger can charge an electric aircraft in less than an hour, according to the company.

Related:Flying Taxi Plant Set for Ohio; $500M Investment Planned

Beta’s eCTOL aircraft is planned for service in 2025 with its vertical takeoff version in service the following year.

Vertiport facilities to manage the takeoff, landing, charging and maintenance of such vehicles are being established globally by companies including Volatus Infrastructure and Aeroauto Vertiport Development, which also has retail showrooms for flying vehicle sales in Florida.

Many EAVs are under development, ranging from those in the ultralight category, which do not require a pilot license to fly, to air taxis. Major airlines including Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and American Airlines all have placed orders or pre-orders for electric aerial vehicles.

Like what you've read? For more stories like this on flying cars and emerging technologies, sign up for our free daily email newsletter to stay updated!

Read more about:

Flying Cars

About the Author(s)

Chuck Martin

Editorial Director AI & IoT

Chuck Martin, author of "Flying Vehicles," New York Times Business Bestselling author and futurist, is Editorial Director at Informa Tech, home of AI Business, IoT World Today and Enter Quantum. Martin has been a leader in emerging digital technologies for more than two decades. He is considered one of the foremost emerging technology experts in the world and his latest book title "Flying Vehicles" (The Emergence of Personal Air Travel, Flying Cars, and Air Taxis) followed "Digital Transformation 3.0" (The New Business-to-Consumer Connections of The Internet of Things).  He hosts a worldwide podcast titled “The Voices of the Internet of Things with Chuck Martin,” where he converses with top executives from the companies driving the adoption of emerging technology.

Sign Up for the Newsletter
The most up-to-date news and insights into the latest emerging technologies ... delivered right to your inbox!

You May Also Like