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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, and a giant leap towards achieving zero-emission flight over the next 20 years. This ambitious hybrid-electric aircraft demonstrator is expected to achieve significant fuel savings when it embarks on its first flight in 2021.

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Innovation 13 June 2019

E-Fan X

Airbus’ E-Fan X is a complex hybrid demonstrator that will validate technologies expected to generate double-digit percentage in aircraft fuel savings

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Innovation 13 June 2019

Airbus E-Fan X

E-Fan X is an ambitious project contributing to Airbus’ journey towards zero-emission flight that is expected to deliver fuel burn savings and significantly reduce noise emissions

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Innovation 13 June 2019

E-Fan X – New York City

Launched as an innovation project in 2017, E-Fan X is the next step in Airbus’ electrification journey; the flight demonstrator that will test a 2 MW hybrid-electric propulsion system is depicted in a composite image over the city of New York

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Innovation 13 June 2019

E-Fan X – London

E-Fan X is expected to perform its first flight in 2021 as a demonstrator to test a 2 MW hybrid-electric propulsion system; it is depicted in this composite image with a London cityscape

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Innovation 13 June 2019

E-Fan X - Toulouse

Launched as an innovation project in 2017, E-Fan X is the next step in Airbus’ electrification journey; the flight demonstrator that will test a 2 MW hybrid-electric propulsion system is depicted in a composite image over the city of Toulouse

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A complex hybrid-electric flight demonstrator

The E-Fan X is a complex hybrid-electric aircraft demonstrator. In the test aircraft, one of the four jet engines will be replaced by a 2MW electric motor, which is roughly equivalent to that of 10 medium-sized cars. The electric propulsion unit is powered by a power-generation system and battery. When high power is required—at take-off, for example—the generator and battery supply energy together.

Smarter air travel for all

If the aviation industry is to achieve its goal of a 75% reduction in CO2 in new aircraft by 2050, future technologies in electric mobility must be accelerated. The E-Fan X should achieve significant fuel savings. Our goal is to mature the technology, performance, safety and reliability, thereby accelerating progress on hybrid-electric technology. We also aim to establish the requirements for future certification of electric-powered commercial aircraft. 

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