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Airbus concept plane offers a glimpse into the future of flight.

Electric flight 

Laying the groundwork for zero-emission aviation

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

A timeline showing Airbus’ many achievements in its development of innovative electric aircraft.

Our electric flight projects

An on-ground photo of the all-electric, four-seat multicopter demonstrator called CityAirbus.

CityAirbus

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

A representation of Airbus’ E-Fan X hybrid-electric aircraft in flight.

E-Fan X

E-Fan X is a major milestone on Airbus' decarbonisation journey. This first-of-its-kind demonstrator has provided invaluable learnings on serial hybrid-electric propulsion.

A side view of Airbus’ Vahana all-electric, single-seat tilt-wing vehicle demonstrator on the ground.

Vahana

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).

Airbus’ E-Fan 1.1 hybrid-electric aircraft successfully flew across the English Channel in 2015.

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.

A side view of E-Fan 1.0, the first electric aircraft demonstrator developed in the Airbus portfolio.

E-Fan 1.0

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

A representation of the Airbus-sponsored eGenius all-electric, two-seat aircraft in flight.

eGenius

This Airbus-sponsored concept was an all-electric, two-seat aircraft powered by a 60-kW engine. It was developed by the Institute of Aircraft Design at the University of Stuttgart.

E-Fan X

E-Fan X

A giant leap towards zero-emission flight

First Teams Enter The Inaugural Electric Aircraft Air Race

Air Race E

The world's first all-electric airplane race

Latest news

Our decarbonisation journey continues: looking beyond E-Fan X

The E-Fan X puts its aerodynamic design to the test

Motorsport can be a testbed for electric flight development. Here’s how

Zero-emission flight is taking a giant leap forward

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Forging a new era of electric-powered air racing

Discover Zero Emission at Airbus

Solar flight

Hydrogen

Urban Air Mobility

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