E-Fan flight shows possible green future for hybrid-electric aircraft

airbus efanAirbus Group’s all-electric E-Fan technology demonstrator aircraft has just flown from Lydd Airport on England’s south coast to Calais Airport, potentially heralding a new era in sustainable aviation. According to GreenAir online, “The E-Fan is a key element in the European aircraft manufacturer’s electric aircraft roadmap towards achieving emission-free and almost noiseless flight.”

In Brief
  • Airbus is working towards commercialisation of two-seater and four-seater versions of the E-Fan.
  • Airbus is investing €20 million in E-Fan 2.0, scheduled to enter service 2018, when it will be the world’s first all-electric plane certified to international civil airworthiness standards.
  • Airbus sees the paradigm shift DEAP project as a vital element in achieving the EU’s ‘Flightpath 2050’ environmental targets of reducing aircraft CO2 emissions by 75%, along with NOx reductions of 90% and 65% lower noise levels by 2050, compared to standards in the year 2000.
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Jeremy Smithhttp://www.jmcsmith.com
Jeremy Smith is the editor and co-founder of Travindy. He is a writer and communications consultant working for a more responsible and sustainable tourism industry. He is the author of two books, writes a fortnightly blog on responsible tourism for World Travel Market, and provides consultancy to a wide range of companies and organisations, ranging from National Parks to individual hotels and tour operators.

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