In July, Mercedes-Benz acquired the British “axial flow” YASA electric motor for an undisclosed amount. YASA electric motors generated considerable industrial interest due to their efficiency, high power density, small size and low weight.
In fact, Rolls-Royce, best known in aviation for its jet engines, used YASA engines in its all-electric “Spirit of Innovation” aircraft, which recently completed a 15-minute test flight.
But today it has been seen that there was, to put it in moderation, more in agreement than it seemed.
It turns out that a new company, Evolito, left YASA before its acquisition by Mercedes Benz, with an electric motor that it describes as an ultra high performance, low weight and more suitable for the aerospace industry.
The prospect now is that Evolito will recover in the aerospace world where YASA left the automotive world. Evolito investors lead Waypoint Capital and Oxford Science Enterprises (OSE).
The implication is that because YASA technology has been demonstrated in high-volume production in the automotive industry, Evolito could have particular advantages in aerospace.
Evolito claims that its motors are “high-performance, low-weight axial flow motors” and its power electronics are “smaller, lighter and more robust than any other competing technology,” with wide potential applications in vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL), fixed wing and distributed electric propulsion applications such as Urban Air Mobility (UAM).
Gareth Morris, CEO of Evolito, said: “Aerospace electrification is about ten years behind that of the automotive industry, but the market potential is huge. Vertical take-off and landing aircraft, Electric helicopters, fixed wing and urban air mobility need high power density and low weight power with intrinsically high safety factors, a combination of unique attributes of our axial flow electric motor and power electronics. exclusive of YASA in the aerospace market, Evolito will accelerate the commercialization of the electric flight and will transform the mobility as we know it ”.
Many of these claims seem to be true. After personally visiting the YASA factory and having the advantages of the “topology” of its engine explained in great detail, I would find it extremely difficult to argue against the claims that were made there. It is this technology that Evolito is now leading in the aerospace industry and it looks like it will be a very bright future.
Cyrus Jilla, partner and director of the Board, Waypoint Capital, said: “At Waypoint, one of our thematic interests is the energy transition and sustainability, including electrification. We want to invest in companies with unique disruptive technology led by exceptional teams. Evolito is a perfect fit for us and we look forward to supporting the team as they develop their game-changing electrification solutions for the aerospace market, making emissions-free flight a reality. ”
Alexis Zervoglos, senior partner at OSE, added: “Flight electrification is one of the most exciting market opportunities of our time. Realizing this potential will require new innovative technology and scalability to meet emerging demand. OSE is delighted to support Evolito in its mission to accelerate the adoption of electric flight.
According to some industry experts, the market for electric drive solutions for urban applications will grow to $ 90 billion and 160,000 vehicles by 2050.
(No one just tells them the Aviato, okay?)