UK Backs Rolls-Royce’s Electric Drive Rolls-Royce has received UK government backing to continue development of electric propulsion technologies. The funding includes support for the E-Fan X program under which Airbus, Rolls and Siemens plan to flight-test a 2-megawatt hybrid-electric propulsion system on an Avro RJ100 testbed. The engine manufacturer also has unveiled an electrical vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) concept vehicle, while it is also working with the UK’s ...

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