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Electric Aircraft to Norway during the Zero-conference

Press Release   •   Nov 21, 2016 14:42 GMT

The pilot Mr. Didier Esteyne (Photo: Lars Brede Grøndahl)

The electric aircraft Airbus E-Fan is coming to Norway. During the Zero-conference 23. and 24. November E-Fan can be seen at Youngstorget.

E-Fan crossed the English Channel last year. The flight lasted for 53 minutes – with 20 per cent battery capacity still left.

– The ambitions behind the development of this aircraft shows that there are actually no limitations as to what can be achieved through electrification in the transport sector, says the head of ZERO Marius Holm.

Norwegian Air Sports Federation aims at getting electric aircrafts to Norway and has an option for two aircrafts with Airbus. – This is the starting point for bringing electrification of aviation to Norway, says Secretary General John Eirik Laupsa of Norwegian Air Sports Federation.

The experience gained by Airbus Group in developing and testing E-Fan for its historic flight from England to France sets the stage for the pioneering E-Fan 2.0 – planned to be the world’s first all-electric plane certified to international airworthiness standards. E-Fan 2.0 is a serial production version that is scheduled to take its maiden flight in late 2017. E-Fan 2.0 sets the stage for the roadmap’s product development plan, one of its two key pillars, which ranges from serial E-Fan production to long-term goals such as a potential hybrid-electric regional airliner or helicopter.

– Electrified aviation is becoming a reality and opens up to the vision of a fossil free aviation future. The development of zero-emission aircrafts and bio jetfuel are two of the most promising aspects on the road towards a sustainable aviation, says the CEO of Avinor, Dag Falk-Petersen.

E-Fan was initiated on basis of the EU report «Flightpath 2050 – Europe’s Vision for Aviation», stating the target of 75 percent reduction of i CO2- emissions from aircrafts in 2050.

The pilot and aircraft constructor Mr. Didier Esteyne is coming to Norway to present E-Fan together with the Norwegian Airbus-engineer Nils-Harald Hansen. Didier Esteyne was the test pilot who flew E-Fan across the Channel. You can meet them both at a:

Press brief Wednesday 23.11.16, 10:30 a.m. at Youngstorget

Minister of Transport and Communications Ketil Solvik-Olsen, CEO of Avinor Dag Falk-Petersen, Secretary General John Eirik Laupsa of Norwegian Air Sports Federation and the head of Zero Marius Holm will also be present.

Press contacts:

  • Zero: Kristin Antonsen Brenna, Communications Advisor, Phone: +47 938 82 272
  • Norwegian Air Sports Federation: John Eirik Laupsa, Secretary General Phone: +47 908 89 477
  • Avinor: Olav Mosvold Larsen, senior advisor strategy and development, Phone: +47 916 06 461

You can read more about E-Fan here.


Avinor is responsible for the 46 state-owned airports and air navigation services for civilian and military aviation in Norway. This network links Norway together - and links Norway to the world.

Avinor is a driving force in environmental work in aviation and a driving force to reduce the combined greenhouse gas emissions from Norwegian aviation. The company has a leading role in the work on developing and delivering biofuel for aircraft. Every year Avinor contributes to safe and efficient travel for around 50 million airline passengers. Around half travel to and from Oslo Airport.

More than 3,000 employees are responsible for planning, developing and operating airports and air navigation services. Avinor is funded by aviation fees and commercial sales at the airports.

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