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Aerospace giants partnership launches hybrid-electric flight demonstrator

By Swati Deshpande,

Added 29 November 2017

E-Fan X hybrid-electric technology demonstrator is anticipated to fly in 2020

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Airbus, Rolls-Royce, and Siemens have formed a partnership, which aims at developing a near-term flight demonstrator which will be a significant step forward in hybrid-electric propulsion for commercial aircraft.

The three companies together announced the groundbreaking collaboration, bringing together some of the world’s foremost experts in electrical and propulsion technologies, at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London.

The E-Fan X hybrid-electric technology demonstrator 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 megawatt electric motor. Provisions will be made to replace a second gas turbine with an electric motor once system maturity has been proven.

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