Electric planes made history by flying over the English Channel (6)

A historic day for clean energy and aviation: For the first time on Friday, July 10, 2015, two electric planes successfully flew across the English Channel.

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First the Columban Cri-Cri, a very small single-passenger electric airplane by a French pilot Hugues Duwal, navigated from France to England and back.

Columban Cri-Cri, a very small single-passenger electric airplane

Hours later, Airbus launched an E-fan two-seater plane from Lydd, England and made its one-way trip across the Channel, to the French port of Calais and landed safely in France.

Airbus E-fan



The plane operates exclusively on batteries, and since there’s no oil or water, the 20-foot (6-meter) long, 1,300-pound (590-kilogram) jet releases zero emissions.

Airbus invested £14.73m in the development of this 60kw dual electric motors electric aircraft, weighing half a ton with lithium-ion polymer batteries.

Electric planes made history by flying over the English Channel (2)

via Airbusgroup