PHOTO CAPTION: eGenius electric motorglider during development at University of Stuttgart's Institute of Aircraft Design.

Airbus Sponsors eGenius Electric Airplane

eGenius electric motorglider demonstrator marks yet another step toward alternative fuels roadmap, says Airbus, the project's sponsor.

Published: 26-Apr-2011

Airbus is underscoring its continued support of eco-efficient technologies for commercial aviation with the company’s high-level sponsorship of a new electric concept aircraft – which was unveiled at this week’s AERO Friedrichshafen 2011 industry event in Germany.

This technology demonstrator – called the “eGenius” – is an electrically powered two-seat airplane currently being utilised to examine the long-term potential of electricity as a major onboard energy source for air transport.

The “eGenius” was developed by the Institute of Aircraft Design at the University of Stuttgart in Germany, and data collected from its practical operation will be analysed by Airbus’ Future Projects teams for further development of this concept, as well as to better understand the opportunities it presents.


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