GE Aerospace plans to invest “up to $20 million” when it adds new test cell and equipment at its Electrical Power Integrated Systems Center (EPISCenter) in Dayton. The centre was set up to “meet increased demand for hybrid electric aircraft engine component testing in coming years”, GE’s aviation industry division announced on May 17, after being “recently selected” by NASA “to develop an integrated, megawatt (MW)-class hybrid electric propulsion system as part of the Electrified Powertrain Flight Demonstration (EPFD) program”. Those plans mean the need for ground and flight tests of the hybrid electric system “this decade”, according to GE,

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