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How Rolls-Royce is preparing for the electrification of the aircraft

June 09, 2021 19:33 PM UTC
- Updated June 29, 2021 17:41 PM UTC

CEO Warren East joins Fortune Global Forum.

what's interesting to me is that your core business is building gas turbine engines. Um, they, in a world where we're able to fly back and transatlantic flights. These are obviously the thing that gets us from new york to London. Uh, the, they, what happens to that core business in an age of electric electrified flight? Well, you know, we see uh, flight um, you know, very much continuing um, and continuing to grow flight is an important part of the world economy today. Um, we think that over the last 100 years it's been incredibly beneficial to society generally. Uh, and um, you know, we can see that continuing, but it must continue in a way that doesn't damage the environment. Uh, and so we need to find appropriate new technologies to enable that to happen, electrification. And pure electric aircraft will be for small airplanes, relatively short distances, you know, perhaps Perhaps 20 or so passengers or less for a few hundreds of miles at best. Um, when we go further than that, then we're going to get into, uh, electrification. So more electric flight, but probably hybrid planes where we're taking the fuel in, in some other form than a battery. Um, we're converting it into electrical energy and we're propelling the aircraft electrically that hybrid aircraft, uh, and then as we go bigger and longer distances will get into synthetic aviation fuel.