E-Fan

This is a fully electric E-Fan aircraft developed by the Airbus group. It emits zero emissions and is completely silent while flying. A series of lithium-ion batteries fitted into the wings of the plane are the only power source for the E-Fan’s two 30-kilowatt electric motors. A 6 kW electric motor in the main wheel provides extra power during acceleration and taxiing to reduce electrical power consumption on the ground. Despite having a very efficient design, the current batteries limit the E-Fan to a one-hour range and must remain close to the airport. However, the plane has a backup battery for landing purposes and a parachute that can be deployed as high as 2,000 feet. There is also a gauge on the dashboard that tells the pilot how much energy is left in the batteries. It first took flight in France on March 11, 2014.

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