Airbus' all-electric E-Fan aircraft crosses the English Channel
This adorable little two-seater isn't about to replace Airbus' airliners, but the E-Fan — a light aircraft powered by lithium-ion batteries and two electric motors — just set a notable aviation milestone by crossing the English Channel. The 36-minute event took place earlier today, departing from Lydd, England and arriving in Calais, France.
The Cesna is similar and has a range of hundreds of miles. This thing took a 40 mile trip. OK, take out 80% of the fuel from the Cesna, replace engine-propeller with a engine-generator. Then power the electric motors. On a pound for pound basis, I bet the Cesna would still beat.