Beta’s Charge Cube for Electric Aircraft Officially Certified

The multi-modal and agnostic Charge Cube is officially certified 8 photos
Photo: Beta Technologies
The Charge CubeAlia eVTOLAlia eVTOLAlia eVTOLAlia eVTOLAlia eVTOLAlia eVTOL and the Charge Cube
Beta Technologies' most recent product in its electric charging range is now officially the only charger designed specifically for electric aircraft that's also UL-certified.
Beta Technologies is widely known as the developer of the Alia eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing), which has impressed not only a wide range of customers but also the US military. Still, Beta's vision is far wider than that – it wants to ensure the proper charging infrastructure that will help air taxis literally take off all across America.

The Charge Cube developed by Beta is now the only charger of its kind to be certified by UL, a nationally recognized testing laboratory. This certification basically confirms that this charging solution is compliant with safety standards and regulations.

Right now, CCS is the internationally recognized charging standard for electric aviation, confirming a charger's compatibility with electric cars, trucks, and aircraft.

The Charge Cube is multi-modal and interoperable, a trademark of all the charging solutions developed by Beta. This primarily means it can be used to charge not only eVTOLs but also ground EVs.

One of the Charge Cube's main advantages is the 50-foot (15.2 meters) cord. According to Beta, it's the longest of any certified charger currently available, and it makes this compact charging unit even more flexible in terms of supporting a wider range of aircraft and EVs.

Having this official certification will also make things easier for future operators in terms of obtaining permits for electrical utility hook-ups.

Beta already has an impressive aircraft charging network across the US, and this certification will take it to the next step. More than 20 certified Beta chargers are active right now at multiple airports in the US. Beta was linked to the first eVTOL chargers installed in places like Massachusetts, Mississippi, and Alabama. Plus, a Beta charging unit also became the first-ever eVTOL charger installed at a US Air Force Base.

While successfully expanding its aircraft charging network, Beta is also preparing to expand its existing facility in Plattsburgh. A recently-announced $41 million investment will turn this into a state-of-the-art hub that will not only house the final assembly line for the Alia aircraft but also function as a permanent flight test center. The Plattsburgh facility will even become Beta's delivery center for the Alia eVTOL.

Alia is a five-seat electric air taxi that made waves in the industry with its unusual design. Although widely compared to a dragonfly, this design was actually inspired by the Arctic tern, a bird known for its incredible flight resilience. Alia promises greater range capabilities than other battery-electric VTOLs (up to 250 miles/463 km) and a 1,400 lbs (635 kg) payload. Currently under certification, it's set to enter commercial service next year.
If you liked the article, please follow us:  Google News icon Google News Youtube Instagram
Press Release
About the author: Otilia Drăgan
Otilia Drăgan profile photo

Otilia believes that if it’s eco, green, or groundbreaking, people should know about it (especially if it's got wheels or wings). Working in online media for over five years, she's gained a deeper perspective on how people everywhere can inspire each other.
Full profile


Would you like AUTOEVOLUTION to send you notifications?

You will only receive our top stories