News about advancements in urban air mobility continue to pour in, with Electric Power Systems announcing a new customer, this time from Japan. SkyDrive, a self-proclaimed Toyota City-based flying car developer, has opted for EPS’ “EPiC” battery system to power future passenger drones.
SkyDrive aims to launch air taxis in the Osaka area in 2025 in time for the World Expo. EP Systems’ EPiC battery, which includes battery modules and a BMS, is to help safely power the SD-05 aircraft and manage the disconnect box.
Tomohiro Fukuzawa, CEO of SkyDrive, said EP Systems was their “ideal partner for this essential element of our two-seater SD-05 aircraft. They are very focused and committed to the development of high performance and reliable battery systems.
EP Systems counts Boeing and Safran among its investors and is on the verge of certifying its EPiC battery system for large-scale manufacturing. Other customers include NASA and the FAA, Bell Textron, Embraer and Diamond Aircraft. This week, Hyundai’s urban air mobility subsidiary, Supernal, also announced that it is working with EP Systems.
EP Systems has a new 16-acre campus in North Logan, Utah, where it is building 70,000 square feet of manufacturing space to accommodate a production ramp as it nears FAA certification. The first commercial units coming off the production line are scheduled for the first quarter of 2023.
Meanwhile, their battery systems power flight demonstrators such as NASA X-57, Aurora Flight Sciences Pegasus and many other aircraft manufacturers.
As for SkyDrive, the Japanese company is currently applying for type certification of the two-seater electric aircraft in Japan. Established in 2018, they first appeared on our radar in April this year, when they announced a cooperation with Suzuki to develop commercial models and manufacture of the flying car. There has also been talk of expanding to India.