This website uses cookies
More information
The monthly news publication for aviation professionals.
See more information from the Business Air News Handbook...
The monthly news publication for aviation professionals.

Request your printed copy

Read our latest feature:   Bonus distribution: EBACE
Airbus to develop electric motors with MAGicALL
Airbus has partnered with MAGicALL to develop electric motors for its CityAirbus NextGen eVTOL aircraft. The lightweight brushless motors will be used on the prototype first.
The fully electric eVTOL prototype CityAirbus NextGen.

Airbus has selected MAGicALL to supply the motors of the eVTOL aircraft CityAirbus NextGen. Airbus' eVTOL prototype will be equipped with a tailored version of the MAGiDRIVE, the newest generation of electric motors manufactured by MAGicALL.

The detailed customisation of CityAirbus NextGen's electric propulsion system will enable the prototype to benefit from features that will match its unique design, making for increased performance and reliability. The lightweight brushless motors that will be integrated into the CityAirbus NextGen are a product of innovative design and manufacturing: they incorporate the latest generation of MAGicALL's magnetics and power electronics technology.

Airbus head of UAM Joerg P Mueller says: “We are proud to benefit from the experience of MAGicALL to develop the electric propulsion system of the CityAirbus NextGen. The electric motors are a major component of our prototype: the high torque and low weight of the MAGiDRIVE as well as its robust design will be highly beneficial for the overall efficiency of the aircraft.”

The electric motors will also contribute to the seamless architecture of Airbus' eVTOL prototype, thanks to a fully integrated solution comprising both the motor itself and its control system, as part of a fully enclosed, air-cooled propulsion unit.

Founded in 2004, California-based MAGicALL has expertise in custom magnetic and power electronic solutions for the aerospace industry. The company also contributed to the development of the motors that powered Airbus' tilt-wing UAM technological demonstrator Vahana.

Since 2014, Airbus has been exploring how electric propulsion can help drive the development of new kinds of aerial vehicles. In September 2021, the company unveiled its fully electric eVTOL prototype, the CityAirbus NextGen. Airbus is developing a UAM solution with eVTOLs not only to offer a new mobility service but also as an important step in its quest to reduce emissions in aviation across its product range.

Other News
 
Archer names founder as sole CEO
April 20, 2022
Joby resumes flight testing of eVTOL aircraft
March 28, 2022
Spirit gives wings to CityAirbus NextGen design
March 10, 2022
Airbus has partnered with Spirit to develop the wings of its NextGen eVTOL aircraft. It will be a fine balance between lightweight structure and safe, smooth flight; load transmission with hover and cruise efficiency.
Joby prepares for eVTOL pilot training
March 10, 2022
Joby expects to employ a lot of pilots when it launches its eVTOL service, and they will need type training. The transition should be fairly simple, but will be aided by a simulator designed especially by CAE.