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Airbus E-Fan – Electrically Powered Airplane, The New Way Of Flying

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It is as clean as a butterfly and hums like a bee: with a 600-kilogram weight and maximum speed of 160 km/h, E-Fan is the first aircraft with fans to have fully electric propulsion. The plane has zero carbon dioxide emissions in flight and is significantly quieter than a conventionally powered aircraft. It performed its first public flight in April 2014 at Bordeaux-Merignac airport.

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The #electric #E-Fan training aircraft is a highly innovative technology experimental demonstrator based on an all-composite construction.Airbus Group and its partners are aiming to perform research and development to construct a series version of the E-Fan and propose an industrial plan for a production facility close to Bordeaux Airport.

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The aircraft is powered by two electric motors with a collective power of 60kW. Two ducted fans enhance the static thrust, reduce the perceived noise and improve the safety on the ground.

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The electric motors of the aircraft are powered by 250V lithium-ion polymer batteries.The aircraft includes 120 cells lithium polymer battery system with a rated capacity of 4V per cell in addition to a backup battery for emergency landing purposes.

The Airbus E-Fan all electric plane will go into production at a new factory in Pau.There will be a two seater version – the E-Fan 2.0 – with first deliveries in 2018. This will be followed by the E-Fan 4.0 – a four seater aircraft – which will also have a combustion engine for increased range.

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