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PHOTO CAPTION: University of Stuttgart's eGenius aircraft flew for 20 minutes, powered by lithium batteries and 60kW emotor.

Airbus-Sponsored Electric Airplane Makes Maiden Flight

eGenius flies for 20 minutes powered by a unique 60kW electric engine.

Published: 30-May-2011

An experimental electric airplane took to the skies above Germany in a maiden flight this week, showing the potential of technology that could one day result in a greener aviation industry.

The two-seat airplane, dubbed eGenius, flew for 20 minutes powered by a unique 60kW electric engine that centers around reducing carbon emissions.

With its 55-foot wingspan and helicopter-like fuselage, the odd-looking propeller plane is designed to travel a distance of up to 248 miles at a cruise speed of about 146 mph. It was developed and built by the Institute of Aircraft Design at the University of Stuttgart, Germany, with financial backing from European aerospace giant Airbus.

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