A version of this article appears in the August 25 issue of Aviation Week & Space Technology. If there is a model for the application of hybrid electric propulsion to aviation, it may not be the automotive sector’s Toyota Prius. It may instead be the maritime industry, says Rolls-Royce, which is drawing on its experience powering aircraft carriers and cruise liners as it begins work on hybrid electric propulsion for airliners. Ship designers may not be so concerned with weight and ...

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