Airbus-Backed eGenius Electric Plane Makes Maiden Flight
May 26, 2011 —An Airbus-sponsored electric airplane called the eGenius made its maiden flight Wednesday in Mindelheim, Germany, according to a report on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer website. The two-seat, side-by-side aircraft reportedly flew for 20 minutes, focusing handling qualities and verifying its 60-kilowatt electric propulsion system in flight.
The aircraft, designed by the Institute of Aircraft Design at the University of Stuttgart, has a maximum takeoff weight of 850 kilograms and a wingspan a little more than 55 feet. eGenius claims about a 250-mile range and a 146-mph cruise speed. Airbus’ Future Projects office will analyze flight data to further develop the technology and better understand its opportunities.