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Airbus E-Fan All-Electric Plane Now Ready
Amazingly, this all-electric two-seater airplane can go as far as 100 miles between charges. Maybe Tesla needs to open up its charging network!
(Airbus E-Fan video)
This 4.0 model will be available to the general aviation market and Airbus's long-term plan is to be able to work its way to producing electric-powered regional airliners and helicopters.
The ultimate goal is a 100-seat electric aircraft, although it may take until 2050 for such a dream to be realised.
At the Paris show, the 2.0 prototype will participate in flying displays throughout the event while, in Airbus's exhibition area, a full-scale model of the production version will be on display.
Airbus is investing 20 million euros (£14.73 million) in the overall design and development of the E-Fan 2.0.
It said: 'Engineering schools and their apprenticeship programmes will have a strong involvement in the E-Fan's development and production.
In his 1930 novel The Black Star Passes, sf great John W. Campbell writes about an aircraft powered by electricity (in this case, from solar power).
"Dad, I believe that you have been trying to develop a successful solar engine. One that could be placed in the wings of a plane to generate power from the light falling on that surface..."
(Read more about Campbell's solar-powered aircraft)
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