Elfly Group presents its pure, all-electric seaplane design ‘Noemi”

Wednesday 14th June 2023

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  • Elfly Group presents its pure, all-electric seaplane design ‘Noemi'

Norway's Elfly Group proudly presented its new design of its pure, all-electric commercial seaplane, dubbed NoEmi (for No Emission) in Oslo today (14 June, 2023).   A 100-strong audience, comprising international industry guests, stakeholders; members of the Innovation Research Group SINTEF, municipalities and media, experienced a full-scale cabin virtual reality (VR) tour of this innovative amphibious aircraft (EG1A).


Noemi is being designed for flexible mobility in Norway with a design inspired by a boat, whose hull will enable the aircraft to take off using little power.  The prototype (non-passenger version) of NoEmi is being readied for flight in 2025.   Elfly is being designed for 200km air journeys, flying at up to 250kmh speed, from Year 2030. The seaplane, with a non-pressurised cabin, will be powered by two electric motors with up to 1MW combined output.


Elfly’s design is part of a research project, funded by private investors and the Research Council of Norway (RCN).


The group is working to obtain certification for its EG1A test vehicle to CS23 Level 4, which will enable the aircraft to evolve up to a 19-seat seaplane.   Noemi, however, is being offered in three cabin layouts.  First and foremost, as a business/executive cabin with nine seats, plus luggage;  complemented by a VIP layout with six seats, wherein the whole aircraft could be chartered.  A tourist pleasure flight model with 13 seats, minus baggage, will also be offered.  In a nod to its flexible functionality, a cargo version is also planned, plus a medevac version. 


Elfly to obtain AOC to fly the aircraft


Unlike other electric aircraft developers, Elfly intends to pursue an operator's certificate and bring the first aircraft into service, initially connecting the fjords of Norway.  The desire is to have the first 15 seaplanes flying along the west coast of Norway by 2030.  “Thereafter, we could expand into other short hop markets,  considering that 80% of the world's population live by the sea,” said Eric Lithun, CEO of Elfly.


“Our goal is to bring innovation to the whole supply chain and make the process as seamless as possible,” added Eric, a technology entrepreneur who has invested in several start-up companies.  He founded Elfly in 2018 in Bergen.  


The Noemi is a modern-day amphibious aircraft with lithium batteries and an electric engine, inspired by the venerable de Havilland Twin Otter and Grumman’s Mallard - “two great flying machines,” highlights Eric.  Noemi will feature a large cargo door and its cabin will be fully accessible for wheelchair users.


With the world focused on sustainability and the environment (Norway has pledged to be all-electric in 2040; Denmark and Sweden a decade earlier) we see wider opportunities with the creation of affordable sea terminals, versus complex infrastructure, he added.


Norway is ideally located to pioneer next-gen, environmentally friendly seaplanes, with more than 1,000 fjords and 450,000 lakes.  Potential routes include Bergen to Stavanger, used by 550,000 passengers annually.   Some 500,000 travel by bus (a three-hour journey) 70,000 by ferry.  Noemi would cut journey time to under an hour.


Elfly will be at Paris Air Show next week (June 19 to 23) where it plans to disclose new partners/suppliers on the project.


Rendering of the Noemi all-electric seaplane



Bergen-based Elfly is building and will operate the Noemi all-electric seaplane 


Elfly Group Partners


NTNU, Norwegian University of Science and Technology  located in Trondheim, Gjovik and Alesund. 


SINTEF Ocean , water tank and hull test partner.  The business conducts research and innovation related to ocean space for national and international industries.


SINTEF Digital  - sensor system. Based in Oslo, SINTEF Digital is a renowned specialist in research and innovation in digital technologies and technology- orientated social 


Norsk Titanium

Provider of 3D printed Titanium parts


OSM Aviation Academy

Planning the future of pilot training and flight deck of the future



Norway’s LCC, regional air carrier - for maintenance planning


Nordic Electric Aviation Network

A platform where Nordic aviation players come together to accelerate the introduction of electric aviation in the Nordic countries.  NEA is focused on standards and certifications; connectivity (point to point between Nordic countries); weather proofing - developing aircraft technology for Nordic weather and Co-creation for European and global collaboration.


Elfly principals


Eric Lithun, CEO

An IT entrepreneur, Eric Lithun has participated and invested in several company start-ups. For over 13 years he successfully built up Identum, a prolific Cloud-based Identity Management System business. The company was bought by Visma in 2023.   Eric holds a number of real estate investment.  A passionate GA aviator, he holds a PPL (A)-SEP and owns a Piper Commander 112A.  


Tomas Brødreskift, CTO

An industrial designer with a strong passion for aviation, Tomas grew up around experimental aircraft. He established Equator Aircraft in 2010 where he developed the P2 Xcursion amphibious electric aircraft.  The P2 was  widely recognised as the first clean sheet electric seaplane in the world. The technology demonstrator first took flight in 2018, and Tomas subsequently led development of the eCassutt electric racer, which flew in 2022. Having flown gliders from a young age, Tomas also holds a PPL-A and enjoys flying as much as possible in his freetime.


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