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17 December 2019
17. December 2019 Innovation

Zero-emission flight is taking a giant leap forward

Introducing the E-Fan X, a hybrid-electric aircraft demonstrator that is 30 times more powerful than its predecessor

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

The E-Fan X is the flagship hybrid-electric aircraft demonstrator at Airbus. But its predecessor the all-electric twin-propeller aircraft E-Fan 1.0 can be credited for playing a key role in laying the groundwork for the next generation of zero-emission aircraft technology. 

On 9 July 2015, the world of aviation witnessed a remarkable milestone. At the Lydd Airport on the south-east coast of England, a twin-propeller aircraft was preparing to embark on an important journey. Its destination? The Calais-Dunkerque Airport—just over 74 km away by air.  

Less than an hour later (36 minutes to be exact), the aircraft—known as E-Fan—landed safely in Calais, France. But the E-Fan was no ordinary aircraft: it was powered solely by lithium-ion batteries. As a result, the E-Fan became one of the first all-electric aircraft to successfully cross the English Channel. It also paved the way for the next generation of electric-powered and zero-emission aircraft technology at Airbus.

From E-Fan to E-Fan X

Discover how Airbus made the leap from the E-Fan—the first electric aircraft demonstrator developed in the Airbus portfolio—to the E-Fan X—the hybrid-electric demonstrator that is 30x more powerful than its predecessor Read less Read more

The original E-Fan has now been retired and is currently on display at the Aeroscopia Museum in Toulouse, France. But thanks to the lessons learned from the E-Fan 1.0 project, a new aircraft demonstrator has emerged: the E-Fan X. This hybrid-electric aircraft demonstrator is 30 times more powerful than its predecessor. With the E-Fan X, zero-emission flight takes a giant leap forward.

 

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The E-Fan crossed the English Channel

Airbus Group's E-Fan technology demonstrator became the world s first all-electric two engine aircraft taking off by its own power to successfully cross the Channel on 10 July 2015, some 106 years after Louis Bleriot epic flight. Here during ist test flight on July 09 over the UK..

The E-Fan crossed the English Channel

Airbus Group’s E-Fan technology demonstrator became the world’s first all-electric two engine aircraft taking off by its own power to successfully cross the Channel on 10 July 2015, some 106 years after Louis Blériot’s epic flight. Here landing in Calais.

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