Engineering

Large electric Airbus aircraft are flying with hybrid technology

Shall we go not only electrically connected to the car, but we soon fly with electric airplanes on vacation? Airbus and NASA are working on concepts for a long time to electrically drive smaller airliners. The development amounts to a hybrid system.

Airbus Group s E-Fan technology demonstrator became the world s first all-electric two engine aircraft taking off by its own power to successfully cross the Channel on 10 July 2015, some 106 years after Louis Bleriot epic flight. Here during ist test flight on July 09 over the UK..
Airbus Group s E-Fan technology demonstrator became the world s first all-electric two engine aircraft taking off by its own power to successfully cross the Channel on 10 July 2015, some 106 years after Louis Bleriot epic flight.
Here during ist test flight on July 09 over the UK..

But the engineers in the Airbus-development center for electric aircraft in Ottobrunn near Munich are much more advanced. They play together with engineers of the engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce through the options for the construction of an electrically driven airliner. For the electric version of commercial aircraft, Airbus has the term E-Thrust, in German electro thrust introduced.

The American space agency Nasa is working in the Langley Research Center in Virginia on a similar concept called DEP, although this represents Distributed Electric Propulsion, which means something like “Distributed electric drive” is in German. Only in May, the prototype has GL-10 lifted off with ten electrically driven propellers. The remotely controlled light aircraft had a span of 3.05 m and was equipped with eight engines on the wings, and two motors at the stern. The aircraft can even off and land vertically. That’s where a vertical position, the solid support surface.

The E-Thrust is an electrical distributed propulsion system concept for lower fuel consumption, fewer emissions and less noise.
The E-Thrust is an electrical distributed propulsion system concept for lower fuel consumption, fewer emissions and less noise.
Greased Lighning (GL10) project 10 engine electric prototype remote control plane. Photo taken 8/14/14 by David C. Bowman
Greased Lighning (GL10) project 10 engine electric prototype remote control plane. Photo taken 8/14/14 by David C. Bowman
Airbus concept plane
Airbus operates in Ottobrunn near Munich at the concept of an electrically driven transport aircraft. The main burden will carry six electric turbines, when starting an additional mounted at the tail jet engine is switched on. After starting the engine is shut down and heavily used for power generation.