Siemens, Airbus and Rolls Royce join forces to develop hybrid-electric commercial aircraft
Industrial conglomerate Siemens has formed a partnership with plane maker Airbus and turbine engine supplier Rolls Royce to test a hybrid-electric propulsion system for commercial aircraft. The “E-Fan X” technology demonstrator, which is based on an existing 100-seater model, is anticipated to fly in 2020 with one of the aircraft’s four gas turbine engines replaced by a two megawatt electric motor, according to a press release. The companies said lowering carbon emissions is “among the top challenges for today’s aviation sector”.
Read the press release in English here.
Find a Reuters article on the subject in English here.