Evolito, a spin-out from Oxford based Yasa, plans to electrify aerospace

Evolito

A new company has been spun out of Oxford-based Yasa to develop and manufacture electric motors and power electronics for aerospace.

Evolito, based at Kidlington near Oxford (on the same Oxford Industrial Park as Yasa) was spun out earlier this year by Yasa, the pioneer of automotive axial-flux electric motors which was acquired by Mercedes-Benz in July 2021, to exclusively commercialise Yasa’s next-generation electric motor technology and IP for the rapidly-growing aerospace market.

Oxfordshire based YASA acquired by Mercedes-Benz

 

 

The business’s axial-flux motor technology has been proven in volume series production in the automotive industry and has even greater advantages in the aerospace market. As such, Evolito says it is is uniquely positioned to drive forward the commercialisation and adoption of electric flight.

Evolito’s ultra high-performance, low-weight axial-flux motors and power electronics are smaller, lighter and more robust than any other competing technology, opening up a range of new opportunities for Electric Vertical Take-off and Landing (eVTOL), Fixed Wing and distributed electric propulsion applications such as Urban Air Mobility (UAM).

The unique segmented topology of the Evolito motor is inherently more robust than other electric motor approaches, making it ideally suited to the demands of the aerospace market where safety is paramount.

Gareth Morris, Managing Director, Evolito said, “Electrification in aerospace is some ten years behind that of the automotive industry, but the market potential is huge. Electric Vertical Take-off and Landing, Electric Helicopter, Fixed-Wing and Urban Air Mobility aircraft need high power density, low weight electric powertrains with inherently high safety factors – a combination of attributes that are unique to our axial-flux electric motor and power electronics. By leveraging YASA’s unique IP in the aerospace market, Evolito will fast-track the commercialisation of electric flight and transform mobility as we know it.”