Jun 19, 2019

Rolls-Royce plugs in to hybrid-electric future

The FTSE 100 group doubled down on its interest in the electric project, dubbed the E-Fan X demonstrator, after buying the electric propulsion business of Siemens, which had been an initial partner. Mr East said Siemens had already designed motors for a number of electric start-ups "So it gives us a little bit more of an immediate market presence". Despite the talk of electric aviation at Paris, the prospect of long-haul commercial flights being fully electric remains distant. "Through our power systems business we have static micro grids.[and] a hybrid aircraft is a flying micro grid so we have all that system design" he said. The industry still needs to find ways to generate enough electric thrust for take-off.

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