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Airbus And Siemens To Work On Electrically-Powered Planes

European plane make Airbus and German industrial conglomerate Siemens   said Thursday they are joining forces to work on electric aircraft technology.

The companies said they would pool about 200 engineers to demonstrate by 2020 the possibility of using electric or hybrid-electric technologies on aircraft.

“We believe that by 2030 passenger aircraft below 100 seats could be propelled by hybrid propulsion systems and we are determined to explore this possibility together with world-class partners like Siemens,” Airbus Chief Executive Tom Enders said.

Airbus, which generally builds aircraft seating more than 100 passengers, has invested in recent years to advance the use of electric engines on planes to reduce fuel consumption, one of the airline industry’s largest costs. The company last year demonstrated a prototype electric plane in an English Channel crossing.

Siemens Chief Executive Joe Kaeser said the effort would be part of his company’s Innovation AG unit, which aims to explore new technology trends.

The companies said European targets to reduce carbon dioxide emissions require investing in new technologies. In addition to reducing fuel burn, aircraft using more electric power would also be quieter, they said. Noise remains one of the greatest complaints about commercial aviation.


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