E-FAN, THE FIRST ELECTRIC-PROPULSION AIRCRAFT
Créative France is a story, but it's also about cutting edge companies who carry France's banner in key fields like aeronautics. Companies that make bold choices and dare to try new things, like Airbus and its new E-Fan.
It’s the story of E-Fan, Airbus’s first electric propulsion aircraft, designed for pilot training. This technological gem is one of the aeronautics field’s crowning accomplishments to date. It is particularly aerodynamic: it weighs 600 kilograms and is 6.7 meters long, with a wingspan of 9.5 meters. It runs on two battery-powered motors. The motors, which are located in the plane’s wings, deliver total power of 60 kW–enough for the aircraft to fly at a cruising speed of 160 kph, with shorter bursts of up to 220kph. Airbus led French aviation into a new era when the E-Fan, designed by Didier Esteyne, made its first flight across the English Channel in just 37 minutes. This accomplishment is prove that an entirely electric future is possible for aeronautics. It’s the story of a French company that knows how to keep stride with today’s world. A company that’s already working to protect our environment by protecting our air.