Can industry put aside its rivalries and work together to advance the technologies required for a hybrid-electric 100-seat airliner? That is what Jean Botti, chief technology officer at Airbus Group, is suggesting. To meet the challenges of power storage, conversion and transmission that must be overcome before electric-powered airliners can become a reality, Botti is proposing a collaboration akin to the U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium (ABC), formed by Chrysler, Ford and General Motors to ...

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