ErlingKlinger has announced that the company will work with Airbus to electrify aircraft propulsion, more specifically in the area of fuel cells. As the partnership progresses, a joint venture will be launched at a later stage.
Founded in 1989, the Slovenian aircraft manufacturer Pipistrel is not one of the best-known players in the industry. However, the company, which manufactures gliders and small powered aircraft, has won numerous awards for its innovations, is a pioneer in eco-friendly aviation, and in 2007 produced the world’s first two-seater electric aircraft.
The largest electric aircraft to date, a Cessna eCaravan, has successfully passed the test prescribed for it, bringing humanity one step closer to finally being able to travel on environmentally friendly aircraft. However, the most serious problem has still not been resolved.
The development of electric aircraft is moving at an ever-increasing rate worldwide: another company is embarking on the development of such a powered small passenger car, and EASA has certified the first ultralight type in Europe.
The test was still completed last year, but further test flights continue to this day.