ARCHER AVIATION AND BETA TECHNOLOGIES TO ACCELERATE THE ADOPTION OF AN INTEROPERABLE CHARGING SYSTEM
The goal of BETA and Archer’s collaboration is to spur the widespread rollout of an interoperable electric charging network that follows the standards outlined by GAMA and supports the broad electrification of vehicles.
Archer Aviation Inc and BETA Technologies, an electric aerospace company developing electric aircraft and charging systems, have announced an industry-first agreement to accelerate the rollout of an interoperable fast-charging system across the electric aircraft industry.
Archer is utilizing two of BETA’s Charge Cube systems at Archer’s flight test facilities, as well as a number of BETA’s Mini Cube mobile charging systems, which Archer plans to deploy as needed rapidly. BETA’s charging system utilizes the Combined Charging System (CCS) – a multimodal, interoperable standard employed by the top OEMs. This GAMA-endorsed standard comes with peer-reviewed and global certification standards and is harmonized with EUROCAE ED-308. BETA’s charging systems are already in use at 14 locations across the eastern U.S., and development work is underway to install them at another 55 locations along the East and Gulf Coasts, as well as at Archer’s facilities in California.
Gaining access to BETA’s leading electric aviation charging system and network through this collaboration is another critical component of Archer’s plan to create the most efficient, and scalable, path to market for Archer’s eVTOL aircraft. Archer’s chargers bring BETA’s network to the West Coast. This milestone collaboration for the industry follows the expansion of BETA’s network down the East Coast – including the first electric aircraft charger on a DoD installation located at Duke Field, Eglin Air Force Base.