E-Fan Family: continuous evolution
The path forward in electric aviation innovation continues with updates to Airbus’ E-Fan demonstrator
The Airbus’ E-Fan electric aircraft demonstrator – which made history by crossing the English Channel last July – will be once again be in the spotlight this month.
E-Fan is making its world debut in a new hybrid “Plus” configuration, appearing at the U.S. EAA Oshkosh AirVenture gathering in Wisconsin. The E-Fan “Plus” demonstrator takes off and lands on electrical power, drastically reducing the noise level at low altitudes. The aircraft now incorporates a thermal (internal combustion) engine as a flight range extender, which generates enough electricity to sustain level flight at maximum cruise speed and simultaneously charge the on-board array of lithium-ion batteries.
The E-Fan demonstrator’s evolution into its “Plus” version has been coordinated by Airbus Innovations – the Airbus’s global research and technology network – and marks another step in the corporation’s goal of emission-free, quiet flight through a long-term electric aircraft roadmap.
For its first public appearance, the E-Fan “Plus” demonstrator will be exhibited during EAA Oshkosh AirVenture at Wittman Regional Airport from 25-31 July (in Tent #63-64), bringing Airbus’s vision for the future to an event that has earned its reputation as “the world’s greatest aviation celebration.”
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The Airbus E-Fan “Plus” demonstrator’s has completed initial testing from Royan, France in its updated hybrid configuration.
The E-Fan “Plus” demonstrator has evolved into its hybrid configuration in a programme coordinated by Airbus Innovations – the Airbus’s global research and technology network.
During initial testing, Airbus’s E-Fan “Plus” demonstrator lines up for takeoff.
Air intakes for the E-Fan “Plus” demonstrator’s range-extending internal combustion engine are visible on the upper fuselage behind the pilot.
Airbus E-Fan “Plus” demonstrator takes off in Royan, France. The aircraft has been updated with a hybrid configuration that incorporates a thermal (internal combustion) engine as a flight range extender.
Airbus’s E-Fan “Plus” demonstrator will appear at the U.S. EAA Oshkosh AirVenture gathering – with its new red, white and blue paint scheme.