Electric by air: Airbus is working on a two-seater electric airplane designed for pilot training or aerobatics. The E-Fan works with two electric motors and can fly for half an hour. Production could begin by 2017. The E-Fan shall serve as a model for a regional hybrid plane with space for up to 90 passengers. However, such an aircraft, which takes off and lands electrically, will take between 15 and 20 years to develop, according to Airbus.
electric-vehiclenews.com, online.wsj.com, youtube.com (video)
Electric by sea: On the River Elbe, Germany, Siemens is testing a diesel hybrid SWASH (Small Waterplane Area Single Hull) boat. The Explorer’s hybrid system is based on the ELFA drive system, originally developed for buses. The electric drive serves either as a motor or a generator.
greencarcongress.com (with video)
Back to the future: Students of Belfast University, Northern Ireland, have gotten their hands on an original DeLorean. The car that starred as a time-machine in the film ‘Back to the Future,’ is about to be electrified by the young team with completion targeted for October of the year 2015.
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