United Airlines Invests $35 Million In ZeroAvia (Hydrogen-Electric Engines) – One Mile at a Time

United Airlines has today announced its latest investment in sustainability.

United invests in hydrogen-electric engines

United Airlines is spending $35 million to acquire an equity stake in hydrogen-electric engine developer ZeroAvia. Hydrogen-electric engines use electricity created by a chemical reaction in a fuel cell to power an electric motor, instead of burning fossil fuel. This investment is part of United’s goal of being 100% green by reducing GHG remissions by 100% by 2050, without relying on carbon offsets.

This agreement also gives United the ability to purchase up to 100 zero-emission, 100% hydrogen engines that would be used on United Express regional jet aircraft by 2028. United is conditionally purchasing 50 ZeroAvia ZA2000-RJ engines, with an option for 50 more, which would be enough to power 50 twin-engine aircraft. Specifically, these engines could be retrofitted on existing United Express aircraft, including the premium 50-seat CRJ-550.

The first step for ZeroAvia is to develop the ZA600 engine, which can be used on 19-seat aircraft. The aim is to have these in commercial service by 2024. From there the company is hoping to develop hydrogen-electric propulsion for progressively larger aircraft.

Here’s how United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby described this initiative:

“Hydrogen-electric engines are one of the most promising paths to zero-emission air travel for smaller aircraft, and this investment will keep United out in front on this important emerging technology. United continues to look for opportunities to not only advance our own sustainability initiatives but also identify and help technologies and solutions that the entire industry can adopt.”

United has ordered hydrogen-electric engines

It’s great to see United focused on the future

Today’s announcement of United investing in hydrogen-electric aircraft is far from the first such initiative from the airline. In the past year or so, United has also announced plans to purchase 200 electric air taxis, 19-seat electric jets, and supersonic jets, among other initiatives.

United has ordered Boom Overture supersonic jets

Will these concepts ever come to life? I don’t know, it’s anyone’s guess. I’ll be the first to admit that I was initially skeptical of United’s motives here. That’s changing over time, and I’m happy to see United’s investments in these areas:

United has ordered 19-seat electric aircraft

Bottom line

United Airlines is investing $35 million in ZeroAvia, a hydrogen-electric engine manufacturer. This also includes a conditional order for up to 100 of these engines, with the hope of them being able to power United Express aircraft by 2028. This is United’s latest investment in the future of aviation and reducing emissions.

United’s investment in all of these products is no doubt partly about optics, and about making United seem more innovative and cutting-edge. At the same time, these are …….


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Red Bull set to announce Ford engine partnership deal with US car giant – BBC

Honda-powered Red Bull won both the drivers’ and constructors’ championships in 2022

Red Bull are poised to announce an engine partnership deal with US car giant Ford.

Ford will join forces with the team from 2026, part-funding the engine Red Bull are designing for the new regulations to be introduced that year.

The agreement is expected to be officially unveiled at Red Bull’s 2023 season launch in New York on Friday.

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Ford set to announce F1 return with Red Bull engine deal – The Race

Red Bull and Ford are set to announce they will work together on a Formula 1 engine for 2026.

The widely rumoured collaboration will be announced on Friday, when Red Bull is set to reveal the livery for its 2023 car the RB19 at an event in New York.

Though not confirmed by either party, the news of a tie-up between Ford and the newly created Red Bull Powertrains engine division was mistakenly leaked in Italian media and is understood to be correct.

Ford has been interested in a potential F1 programme for several months, based around the 2026 engine regulations – which feature “100% sustainable fuels”, according to F1, and an increase in the electrical …….