Hypstair Fires Up Hybrid Powertrain Slovenian light aircraft manufacturer Pipistrel is testing the most powerful hybrid-electric drivetrain yet in aviation under a research project funded by the European Union. As powerful as a typical general-aviation piston engine, the 200-kW (270-hp) propulsion system is being ground tested in a representative four-seat airframe. The powertrain components have been developed by Siemens under Hypstair, a European 7th Framework research program to ...

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