EADS VoltAir Electric Aircraft
Recently we all saw EADS (European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company) creating a buzz at the Paris Airshow by unveiling a new concept airliner called ZEST, acronym for Zero Emission Hypersonic Transport Airliner. However, it’s not only ZEST but EADS has unveiled another concept airliner at the Paris Airshow, VoltAir. It’s proposed as an all electric airliner for more immediate future than ZEST as it’s proposed to be functional in the next 25 years.
VoltAir gets vital juice from next generation lithium-air batteries, located in the lower front section, that power two efficient superconducting electric motors. The motors further rotate two co-axial, counter-rotating covered propellers. Supporting the electric motors is aerodynamics, advanced carbon fiber airframe design and less weight that makes it easy for the airliner to push through the air.
Managing the batteries is easy. They can be removed and swapped with the charged batteries in no time which help reduce the weight of the aircraft and technical complexities. Nevertheless, miles go for EADS VoltAir before it finally kisses the sky as the potential solution to deal with the problem of less density of the electric motors is yet to be found. However, with the advances in the field of high-temperature superconducting (HTS) materials, EADS expects a potential solution on its way.