” The potential of electric aviation
At 11am, 10 July 2015, on a calm, sunny summer morning, the Airbus E-Fan touched down in Calais to enter its name in the record books.
The all-electric plane became the first twin-engine electric plane taking off with its own power to negotiate the English Channel, more than 100 years after Louis Blériot first made the intrepid journey.
E-Fan’s first flight above the sea
Travelling in the opposite direction to the pioneering Frenchman and powered by lithium-ion batteries, the E-Fan took off from Lydd on the English south coast, completing the 74 kilometre flight east to Calais, France, in around 37 minutes. Flown by test pilot Didier Esteyne, the all-electric plane weighs around 600 kilogrammes and travelled at an altitude of about 1,000 metres [3,500 feet].
E-Fan’s initial production targets
Airbus Group will invest in, and construct, the E-Fan’s Pau assembly site, which will be leased to its wholly owned Voltair subsidiary responsible for the electric aircraft’s development, production, sales, delivery and customer support.
Construction is expected to begin in 2016, with the facility ready to initiate E-Fan 2.0 series production the following year, enabling the aircraft’s commercialisation in late 2017. The initial E-Fan production rate is targeted at approximately 10 aircraft annually, with the capability to grow based on market response.” (AIRBUS Group website)
Looking forward to new records, challenges and innovation results!
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