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Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Siemens Launch E-Fan X Hybrid-Electric Flight Demonstrator

Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Siemens Launch E-Fan X Hybrid-Electric Flight Demonstrator

The three companies recently announced the collaboration at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London. The goal is to create a “hybrid-electric technology demonstrator.” Dubbed the E-Fan X, it is anticipated to fly in 2020 following a comprehensive ground test campaign, provisionally on a BAe 146 flying testbed, with one of the aircraft’s four gas turbine engines replaced by a two MW electric motor. “The E-Fan X is an important next step in our goal of making electric flight a reality in the foreseeable future,” said Paul Eremenko, Airbus’ Chief Technology Officer. Airbus, Rolls-Royce, and Siemens will each contribute to the program in a specific area. Airbus will be responsible for overall integration and the control architecture of the hybrid-electric propulsion system and batteries. Rolls-Royce’s responsibilities will be the turbo-shaft engine, two megawatt generator, an...

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