Tuesday, February 20, 2024

BETA to install first-ever electric aircraft charger in Alabama

Montgomery Regional Airport partnered with BETA Technologies to install the first-ever electric aircraft charging station in the state of Alabama. Alabama Power also served as a partner to bring these chargers online for public access.

BETA-designed charging stations at Montgomery Regional are capable of powering both electric aircraft and ground vehicles. The Level 3 Fast-Charger inside the fence and the Level 2 Charger outside the fence are strategically placed for the convenience of electric aircraft and public EVs.

With these additions, Montgomery Regional is taking steps to support the electric transportation future, which has the potential to drive economic growth and job opportunities.

BETA also flew its all-electric ALIA aircraft into MGM to receive the inaugural airside charge. They’re developing and certifying two configurations of their all-electric ALIA aircraft with the Federal Aviation Administration – arrived in Alabama following a months-long deployment with the U.S. Air Force at Duke Field in Florida.

“As we move closer to getting electric aircraft into operation, it is critical that we are building charging infrastructure where our customers need it,” said Blain Newton, BETA’s chief operations officer.

“Montgomery marks the first charger in Alabama as we continue to deploy our chargers in key markets that will help accelerate connectivity among regional and rural communities.”

BETA is expanding its national electric infrastructure network across the U.S. with a new charge site in Alabama. This is one of the 17 site locations that BETA has already activated, from Vermont to Arkansas and Florida. BETA is also developing more than 55 additional sites for public and private use by various entities, including commercial, military, and medical ones.