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Equipmake provides electric motors to Vertical Aerospace for first untethered flight test

Equipmake, the UK-based engineering specialist developing and producing electrification products across the automotive, aerospace, bus, coach, and marine industries, reports that it provided an advanced electric propulsion unit (EPU) for Vertical Aerospace’s prototype eVTOL aircraft.

According to a press release “Recently completing the first-ever full-scale untethered eVTOL flights in the UK, the VX4 prototype features a totally bespoke EPU from Equipmake, combining a lightweight, power dense electric motor with a high-performance inverter, designed, developed and manufactured by Equipmake at its base in Snetterton, UK.

“Each motor uses Equipmake’s proprietary rotor design, with the magnets forming a Halbach array to maximise torque and minimise mass to deliver, while the inverter is matched to the motor for optimum power density.

“The significant milestone of the first thrustborne flights – meaning the prototype eVTOL aircraft has been held up by the thrust of its vertical propulsion system – allows Vertical Aerospace to progress on its mission to certify the VX4 by the end of 2026.

“The aircraft is being designed to carry a pilot and four passengers and is expected to have a range of up to 100 miles with the ability to cruise at speeds of around 150 miles per hour. The project is the first time Equipmake’s electrification products and expertise have been applied to the rapidly growing eVTOL market, which is estimated by MarketsandMarkets will be worth USD30.8 billion globally by 2030.”

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