Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc is joining Airbus SE and Siemens AG in their quest to develop a 100-seater hybrid electric aircraft that will fly by 2020.
Siemens and Airbus have previously worked together to develop a single-aisle plane with a 20 to 40 megawatt electric drive as a first step. Siemens demonstrated a smaller aircraft at air shows earlier this year and aim to have a commercially viable hybrid regional passenger jet flying by 2030.
There are an increasing number of companies exploring sustainable aviation with new technology. So it will really be a race - this new partnership drives the race further and we can only hope for speedy innovation!