The E-Fan Has Landed (Airbus Electric Plane Crosses Channel)

I’m glad to hear that the E-Fan, a new electric airplane built by Airbus has safely made it across the English Channel today. The plane, powered solely by lithium batteries, took off from an airport in Kent, England and landed near Calais.

While I’m sure that the plan was for Airbus to get the credit of being the first to make such a trip today, apparently there was a flight that made the journey last night. Ars Technica reports: “We are hearing that, under the cover of darkness last night, Hugues Duwal decided to cross the English Channel in his tiny Cri Cri electric plane.”

Below is a report from the BBC:

Anyway, in the long run, who did it first is not the most important thing to me — I just think it’s good progress to see this kind of technological achievement. The BBC report says it produces no emissions — but of course that is only true if the source of electricity that charged it was generated without emissions.

  • Omega Z

    I agree it’s silly
    If we were meant to fly, we would have wings.

    As to my childhood. I recall my mother saying I was argumentative.
    I immediately took issue with this & after 3 straight days of discussion, she finally admitted she made this up. I submit this as proof that I was not a problem child…

  • Omega Z

    The Solar plane from Japan to Hawaii is more impressive.
    However, Neither are anywhere near being practical nor will they anytime in the near future. How many batteries to power that Airbus or Boeing passenger plane. So many they can’t get off the ground.

  • LENR4you

    First-ever battery-powered flight over Alps. e-Genius showed the practicability of battery powered aircraft with a spectacular flight over the Alps. A milestone towards an energy efficient and carbon-neutral aviation has been reached. http://www.ifb.uni-stuttgart.de/egenius

  • Daniel Maris

    Well it does produce emissions – in manufacture! Always best to just stay at home if you really want to reduce your carbon footprint. 🙂

    That said, I welcome this sort of innovation. Many plane owners don’t use their planes that often. I can imagine that an E Fan covered in PV pannelling could recharge its batteries over a few days and further reduce the impact on the environment.

    • Nixter

      If you’re staying home to reduce your carbon footprint you will fail there also, almost everything manufactured in your home, heating and air-conditioning carpeting furniture roofing materials etc. etc., produces carbon also.

      • Mats002

        Lay down and die then. But even better than that; find a way to get clean abundant energy!

    • Alain Samoun

      “Always best to just stay at home| ” And Stop breathing! ;=)