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Airbus Has Its Sights Set On Hybrid Electric Planes

By Alexander C. Kaufman

MUNICH (Reuters) – Aircraft maker Airbus Group NV is learning from carmakers as it works on developing a small plane powered by hybrid electric engines that could represent its first move into the market for regional jets.

The development of a regional plane, seating between 70 and 90 people, that can take off and land using electric power could take between 15 and 20 years, Airbus Group Chief Technology Officer Jean Botti told reporters in Munich.

Airbus, which with Boeing Co dominates the market for passenger jets, presently makes planes that seat more than 150 people.

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Source: Huffington Post Green