Electric plane E-fan takes off
Many pioneers these days are creating a new breed of aircraft – all electric. In April, 2014 Airbus presented the plane – called E-fan. It is a small two-seater prototype and already made a successful demonstration flight.
The idea for this prototype with a sustainable electric propulsion systemis to reduce emissions and safe costs. Compared to a regular fueled plane where you easily pay more then $60 per hour the E-fan is supposed to cost less then $3.
In further development Airbus plans to design models which could carry up to 100 passengers for regional flights.
Airbus was supporting emission-free electric propulsion earlier in projects like the eGenius. Also a two-seater designed by the University of Stuttgart, Germany’s Institute of Aircraft Design. It was presented and performed its first flight in 2011.
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