“The E-Fan X is an important next step in our goal of making electric flight a reality in the foreseeable future,” said Paul Eremenko, Airbus’ Chief Technology Officer.
Each company will oversee a different aspect of production.
Airbus is responsible for integrating the engines with flight controls. Rolls-Royce will develop the turbo-shaft engine, two megawatt generator and power electronics. Siemens will deliver the power distribution network.
Boeing(BA) and BlueJet have partnered up with a Seattle-based startup Zunum to develop a commuter electric aircraft. They said the plane could start flying in 2022.
Both projects are ambitious in their scale and face major hurdles to get up and running without the experience and expertise of established players like Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Siemens.
Commercial planes account for about 2% of carbon emissions that contribute to climate change, but the industry aims for carbon-neutral growth over the next decade through a combination of new technology and biofuels.
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