Three major European manufacturing groups plan to take a significant step toward hybrid-electric propulsion for commercial aircraft, they announced Nov. 28. Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Siemens have partnered to create a new 2MW electric motor that they hope to fly by 2020. The new partnership, announced at London’s Royal Aeronautical Society, will develop the E-Fan X program, to investigate some of the challenges of the new technology, including thermal effects and electric thrust ...

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