Feb 5, 2018 - 07:35 pm

Airbus tests with flying electric cab Vahana successful


Airbus has completed the first real-air test with its electric VTOL Vahana. The self-flying aircraft reached a height of 5 metres for almost a minute in Oregon. On top, Airbus found a new partner for propulsion in MAGicAll.

Airbus cannot miss out on the ascending trend for electric flying cabs or dreams thereof. The European corporation had invested in the all-electric and autonomous Vahana by A³ back in late 2016 (we reported) and had test scheduled for this year indeed. A³ is the Silicon Valley outpost of Airbus.

Oregon is the site of flight as Airbus’s partners MTSI and SOAR are based there. The first flight of the electric vertical-take-off-and-landing machine had it propel 5 metres high for 56 seconds without a pilot. And without a passenger either.

For real flight, Airbus has teamed up with Siemens and Rolls Royce. Their hybrid airplane is to take-off by 2020, when the E-Fan X will fly regional routes first and serve to propel electric aviation (we reported).

Still, Vahana is to commence testing. Also, Airbus says it has identified a new partner for motors, MAGicALL. The California-based company designs and manufactures custom components (motors, generators, inductors, transformers, etc.). Airbus will begin using the MAGicALL motors for the Vahana soon.

electriccarsreport.com, vahana.aero (MAGicALL)


Found on electrive.com
05.02.2018 19:24