Airbus has just announced the inaugural ‘Air Race E’ competition kicking off in 2020. This will be the world’s first electric plane race and Airbus are hoping to sustain it as an annual series of races around the world. The competition will include eight electric-powered airplanes that will race directly against each other 10 metres above the ground on a 5 kms circuit.
“We want to motivate manufacturers to showcase their technologies across the full spectrum of electric propulsion systems and components,” said Chief Technology Officer of Airbus, Grazia Vittadini. “This partnership with Air Race E enables us to demonstrate our commitment to staying at the leading edge of electric propulsion and developing a new ecosystem.”
Airbus will also work alongside other Air Race E partners, including the University of Nottingham. The University is currently developing a prototype race airplane powered by an integrated electric motor, battery, and power electronics system. The plane will help shape the model and rules for the inaugural Air Race E race in 2020.