French-Italian airframer ATR has announced plans to launch the ATR Evo, a hybrid-electric variant of its traditional family of turboprop aircraft. According to the company, the commercial debut of the new generation aircraft is scheduled for 2030.
ATR’s shareholders, the Airbus and Leonardo groups, have already approved the start of the aircraft’s feasibility studies, paving the way for the launch of the program in 2023. As part of this process, the manufacturer has also issued a request for information to the main engine suppliers.
In addition to the hybrid-electric powertrain, ATR states that the Evo will incorporate a series of new features, such as eight-blade propellers, updated cockpit, improvements to the aircraft’s systems, a new more aerodynamic design and turboprop engines compatible with 100% of SAF (Sustainable Aviation Fuel). As a result, the manufacturer says the new plane will reduce fuel consumption by 20% compared to models in the company’s current portfolio.
“Our next generation of aircraft will be a step forward in responsible flying through further incremental innovation. When it enters the market, the new ATR ‘EVO’ will pave the way towards a decarbonised future for aviation,” said ATR CEO Stefano Bortoli.
The announcement of the ATR Evo can be seen as a response to Embraer’s initiative to launch a new passenger turboprop, which will have a more advanced propulsion configuration, as well as superior range and capacity. The Brazilian company intends to launch the program in 2023.