The aerospace industry has always aimed high. Our long-term goal: almost zero-emission aviation through hydrogen, electric and hybrid-electric flight technology. The good news: Europe is currently leading in the development of electric aircraft. And yet, this remains our biggest industrial challenge.
Airbus and Rolls-Royce develop the hybrid-electric E-Fan X
Airbus and its partners pursue a future for aviation with fewer emissions, lower noise levels and higher operating efficiency. To achieve these ecological and economic objectives, and for Europe to maintain its technological leadership in this strategic area, political support for e-mobility is indispensable. Whilst e-mobility for cars is already being promoted at the national level in many European countries, support for the aerospace industry needs to be significantly increased.
While 50 kilowatt of battery power are needed to start a car, 10.000 kilowatt are necessary to start a plane.