Airbus’ all-electric aircraft prototype shows up at the Paris Air Show
While Airbus is surely the majorly reputed name in the aviation industry when it comes to large aircrafts. However, they are now riding the ecofriendly wave with their all new contraption, the E-Fan 2.0 prototype aircraft. The all-electric aircraft is most likely the first plug-in plane with a 31-foot wingspan and can accommodate two seats. The plane achieves its light weight form with a carbon fiber body. In fact, it weighs just 1100 lbs. The best part is that the flight has zero CO2 emissions thanks to being powered by 120 li-ion batteries that are within the wings (genius!) that power twin 30kw engines. The engines can take the flight to 136 mph.
This far supersedes the Solar Impulse 2 solar-powered plane that could reach a top speed of 50 miles per hour. The company has a near term plan of rolling out a four-seater flight by 2019. They also have a long-term plan for a 100-seater, scheduled sometime around 2050.
[Via – Slash Gear]