Electric and hybrid-electric propulsion is rapidly revolutionising mobility technologies across industries, from automotive to marine. And the aviation industry is no exception. At Airbus, our work in electric flight aims to lay the groundwork for future industry-wide adoption and regulatory acceptance of alternative-propulsion commercial aircraft and urban air vehicles.

On the path to zero-emission flight


In 2010, Airbus embarked on its electrification journey, developing the world’s first all-electric, four-engine aerobatic aircraft, CriCri. Since then, we have made significant progress in the electrification of flight. Our all-electric, twin-propeller aircraft E-Fan successfully crossed the English Channel in 2015. Our electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) demonstrator projects, Vahana and CityAirbus, have completed many hours of rigorous and comprehensive flight testing programmes to ensure safety and high performance. E-Fan X, the successor to E-Fan that is 30-times more powerful than its predecessor, has provided invaluable insights on serial hybrid-electric propulsion.

A timeline of achievements in electric propulsion

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Our electric flight projects

EcoPulse™ - A new approach to distributed propulsion for aircraft developed by Airbus, Daher and Safran
EcoPulse™

A new approach to distributed propulsion for aircraft

EcoPulse is a distributed hybrid-propulsion aircraft demonstrator developed in partnership with Daher and Safran with the support of France’s CORAC and DGAC.

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CityAirbus

Our four-seat eVTOL demonstrator

This all-electric, four-seat multicopter demonstrator focuses on advancing remotely piloted vertical take-off and landing flight (eVTOLs). 

Vahana

Our single-seat eVTOL demonstrator

Concluded in 2019, this all-electric, single-seat, tilt-wing vehicle demonstrator focused on advancing self-piloted, electric vertical take-off and landing flight (eVTOL).

E-Fan X
E-Fan X

A giant leap towards zero-emission flight

The E-Fan X is the next step in Airbus’ electrification journey. Learn more about this ambitious project—in partnership with Siemens and Rolls-Royce.

E-Fan 1
E-Fan 1.0

This two-seat, twin-propeller monoplane was the first electric aircraft demonstrator developed in the Airbus portfolio.

E-Fan 1.1
E-Fan 1.1

This 60-kW, all-electric aircraft was among the first of its kind to successfully cross the English Channel in 2015.

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Air Race E

The world's first all-electric airplane race

Latest news

EcoPulse™ - A new approach to distributed propulsion for aircraft developed by Airbus, Daher and Safran
Innovation
Airbus’ high-voltage battery technology prepares for EcoPulse flight test and beyond
The new battery in the EcoPulse demonstrator is Airbus’ latest “technology brick” to enable our future aircraft to further support decarbonisation
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Innovation
How Air Race E is inspiring technologies in electric aviation
Air Race E carried out the first-ever electric race plane flight. Supported by Airbus, the competition will drive innovation in electric aviation technology.
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Sustainability
Micro-hybridisation: the next frontier to electrify flight?
Decarbonising flight will require a range of solutions, including new fuel types and innovative technologies. Some will bring radical changes, while others offer more incremental gains. Karim Mokaddem, Airbus Head of Electrification, describes the different ways hybrid-electric power can benefit fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters through non-propulsive applications.
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Discover Zero Emission at Airbus

Solar flight

Harvesting the sun’s rays to power aircraft

Hydrogen

Hydrogen

An important pathway to our zero-emission ambition

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Urban Air Mobility

Taking urban transport into the sky