Glimpses Of E-Fan 2.0 & E-Fan 4.0 Electric Aircraft

MAY 1 2014 BY MARK KANE 13

E-Fan 2.0 and 4.0 - Artist Impression

E-Fan 2.0 and 4.0 – Artist Impression

Airbus Group, beside showing the E-Fan prototype which recently had its maiden flight, displayed some glimpses of future models E-Fan 2.0 and 4.0.

Airbus Group plans to further develop the E-Fan technology demonstrator and to produce and market two versions of the aircraft by a subsidiary named VoltAir. The two-seater version E-Fan 2.0 will be a fully electric training aircraft powered only by batteries.”

The current prototype of E-Fan is archetype of E-Fan 2.0. Interesting is that a four-seater is being considered, but this version will get a range extender. Both aircraft look nearly identical in the images.

“The four-seater version E-Fan 4.0 will be a training and general aviation aircraft which will also have a combustion engine within the fuselage to provide an extended range or endurance. In partnership with renown aviation supplier companies as well as with local SMEs in the Aquitaine region, a production facility is to be built at the Bordeaux Mérignac Airport, which shall also include a training establishment for pilots.”

E-Fan 2.0 - Artist Impression

E-Fan 2.0 – Artist Impression

E-Fan 2.0 - Artist Impression

E-Fan 2.0 – Artist Impression

E-Fan 4.0 - Artist Impression

E-Fan 4.0 – Artist Impression

E-Fan 4.0 - Artist Impression

E-Fan 4.0 – Artist Impression

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Now all they need to do is figure out how to use a charged cloud to power the fan or charge the battery while flying. 🙂


I doubt that would ever be useful. You would need line of sight at all times during charging. They don’t say how powerful the laser was but I doubt you would be able to recharge it with a simple laser pointer. To loiter around an area, they would need to set up some kind of base with power generators. Doesn’t make sense to me, but whatever.

That is awesome! It makes sense, but they thought of it, not me…good for them!

You sometimes see starships on Star Trek transferring power by wireless means (some sort of “energy” beam). This laser charging is pretty cool, and it would definitely have its advantages in space w/minimal absorption and scatter.

The Navy has a laser cannon that can bring down drones by burning holes into the thing in extremely short periods of time…next step, phasers!

And NASA scientists have preliminary results suggesting the successful creation of a warp bubble:

Great times we live in!


Recharge in flight is easy, just fit some solar panels.

Solar panels will only provide a small fraction of the power needed to maintain flight.

I wouldn’t call it easy, far from it. A lot more than “some” solar cells would be needed to make a perceptible difference, so the aircraft would need to be huge… yet remain extremely light and low drag.

See Hector’s link to get an idea of the kind of challenge this represents.

Just like for cars, it’ll likely be easier to pack more batteries and/or backup power (ICE, fuel cell…) and leave the solar panels at home and/or the airport.

The prospect of eventually being able to fuel small aircrafts on renewables is awesome though. Thanks Airbus for thinking beyond kerosene.

I’m a fan…

Seems to me that THIS is where they should be focusing oh FCHEVs………

Fuel cells tend to be quite heavy, and pressurized hydrogen during a crash or leak might not be much fun in a small aircraft…

Engines tend to be quite heavy, and flammable liquids splashing everywhere during a crash or leak isn’t fun either.

I Wonder where the Falxs is remaining. It should easy to make right now, so why aren’t they selling it it?