Airbus and Boeing Terminates Hybrid-Electric Aircraft Development
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Mai 1, 2020 - by airlinerwatch.com
London, UK - European airframer Airbus, and the British engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce terminated a joint venture to develop a hybrid-electric aircraft.
A rumored investment of hundreds of millions of pounds over five years seemed to have come to a halt.
Airbus CTO Grazia Vittadini said:
"We need to re-focus all of our efforts on technology 'bricks' that will take us to a low-CO2-emissions future. As with all ground-breaking R&T projects, it's our duty to constantly evaluate and reprioritize them to ensure alignment with our ambitions. These decisions are not always easy."
The E-Fan X project, which was announced in 2017, was supposed to use an elderly BAe-146 airliner as a testbed for mounting an experimental electric engine. One of the four jet engines on the wing (number 3; inner right) was due to be replaced by an electric motor powered by an AE2100 gas turbine in the fuselage, in turn driving a 2.5MW generator.
Once the single motor had been proved in test flights, the intent was to replace a second jet engine with...
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