Pratt & Whitney Canada is partnering with De Havilland of Canada to test hybrid-electric propulsion technology in a Dash 8-100.
Ground testing of the program is expected to start next year and the aircraft is expected to be airborne in 2024.
The demonstrator aircraft will include an electric motor and controller from Raytheon Technologies unit Collins Aerospace.
“Pratt & Whitney Canada is proud to be a leader toward ever more sustainable aircraft propulsion technologies and be an integral part of Canada’s green recovery plan,” Maria Della Posta, President of Pratt & Whitney Canada.
The government of Canada has committed to contribute half of the program costs as part of Canada’s green recovery plan.
The hybrid-electric propulsion technology will help optimize performance targeting a 30% reduction in fuel burn and CO2 emission.