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DAY 8

DAY 8

FLY THE AVIATION REVOLUTION WITH E-FAN

E-Fan project paves the way for hybrid aircraft of the future

On 10 July 2015, the fully-electric E-Fan 1.0 crossed the English Channel, 106 years after Louis Blériot's first flight across it. In doing so, the E-Fan proved that electric and hybrid electric flights are a viable, even inevitable, future for the aerospace industry. 

In our continued role as an innovation leader, we are pioneering a wide range of technologies that have significant environmental benefits. Today, electric and hybrid-electric propulsion are among the most promising technologies for reducing climate change emissions. 

Airbus’ electric propulsion engines have progressed at a rapid rate, achieving a tenfold increase in power in a three year period.

Our pioneers knew they had to remain one step ahead of this rapid progress. So, in 2017, Airbus launched the E-Fan X, a hybrid-electric aircraft demonstrator. The project is in collaboration with Rolls-Royce.

Based on the learnings from E-Fan 1.0, the E-Fan X is focused on creating a fully integrated hybrid design. When the E-Fan X takes its first flight in 2021, it will pave the way for the commercial aircraft of the future...

Airbus believes that electric and hybrid-electric propulsion is the future of air travel. From cleaner, quieter aircraft to completely new types of vehicles and operations, the benefits could be huge.

Listen as our CTO, Grazia Vittadini, and Mark Cousin, the head of our innovation centre A3, describe why Airbus is so invested in this future:


Did you know...

On 10 July 2015, the fully-electric E-Fan 1.0 crossed the English Channel, 106 years after Louis Blériot's first flight across it.

The E-Fan programme was launched to accelerate the industry’s electric transformation; to explore the technological unknowns and to capture the learnings.

There are many challenges to consider. Electric aircraft require the highest voltage systems possible – higher than current commercial aircraft – routed through confined spaces. They must also battle the effects of temperature and electric thrust on avionics, integrate electromagnetic capability and monitor and manage energy usage in flight.

But, as Grazia says, “The original E-Fan project really deserves a lot of the credit for convincing the aerospace sector as a whole that electric and hybrid electric flight are a viable, and in fact inevitable, future for our company and for our industry.”

Airbus has a long history of electric flight demonstrators, beginning in 2010 with Cri-Cri, the world’s first fully-electric four-engine aircraft. It continued with the portfolio of E-Fan demonstrators, including a two-seater fully electric training aircraft, and the E-Fan Plus 4-seater hybrid, which combines lithium ion batteries with a range-extending combustion engine. It has culminated in the E-Fan X, which is due to take its first flight in 2021.

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