The transition to electric propulsion is fully underway on a global scale, evidenced by the growing number of hybrid/electric cars and electric drones in the streets and in the skies. But how does electric propulsion – which uses electrical energy supplied by a battery pack or hydrogen fuel cell – compare to traditional, fossil fuel-powered thermal propulsion?
These future urban air vehicles are designed to be fully-electric and zero-emission. Airbus is addressing this market by developing the Vahana and CityAirbus, both of which are advancing electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) flight ideally suited for intra-city transport.
No matter the route taken, it is clear that the methods and materials to produce batteries, cells and hydrogen will be of paramount importance in the years to come.
Airbus’ all-electric and fully self-piloted Vahana demonstrator vehicle at the 2019 Paris Airshow