Siemens, Airbus and Rolls-Royce team up for electric future of flight
Airbus, Rolls-Royce, and Siemens have formed a partnership which aims at developing a near-term flight demonstrator which will be a significant step forward in hybrid-electric propulsion for commercial aircraft. The E-Fan X hybrid-electric technology demonstrator is anticipated to fly in 2020 following a comprehensive ground test campaign, provisionally on a BAe 146 flying tested, with one of the aircraft's four gas turbine engines replaced by a two megawatt electric motor from Siemens. The E-Fan X demonstrator will explore the challenges of high-power propulsion systems and push and mature the technology. This partnership will enhance the existing collaboration between Airbus and Siemens, which has been in place since 2016 and is aiming at the development of drive systems across various power classes for hybrid-electric flight.