The E-Fan X, the european project of jet hybrid driven by Airbus, is taking shape. Last June, the engine manufacturer british Rolls Royce is mounted on board in redeeming activity in electric propulsion from the German Siemens, a partner in the project. Airbus has changed a BAe 146, an aircraft short-haul british 110 places, to develop a demonstrator of a regional jet equipped with hybrid engines (electric to kerosene). The first test flight is planned for the end of 2022.
“The E-Fan X will be the plane the most electric in the world with 2.5 megawatts of power onboard,” says Paul Stein, Chief Technical Officer of Rolls Royce, in an interview in the Figaro. For the record, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the aircraft the more power in the world, embarks a 1.5 megawatt at its edge. If the testing of the E-Fan X are conclusive, the aim is to initiate a program, in cooperation with a leader in regional aviation. ATR, a subsidiary parity Airbus and the Italian Leonardo, the world leader in regional aircraft with propellers, made …
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