Scandinavian airline SAS has signed an agreement with Airbus to research eco-system and infrastructure requirements for hybrid and electric aircraft.
The joint research project is intended to build a collective knowledge of “opportunities and challenges” associated with electric and hybrid power.
One challenge will be to store sufficient electricity so that aircraft can carry up to 100 passengers, according to SAS CEO Rickard Gustafsson.
Initially, the project will run from June 2019 through to the end of 2020. Tests will be conducted in Stockholm and Toulouse, where Airbus has its base.
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