Safran Electrical & Power has announced a cooperation agreement to equip TCab Tech’s E20 eVTOL aircraft with its ENGINeUS electric smart motors.
TCab Tech is currently developing the E20, a 5-seater passenger-carrying eVTOL aircraft equipped with six rotors, four tilt and two lift rotors, and a high gull-wing with a conventional tailplane design. The eVTOL is said to target a maximum design range of 200km, and a cruising speed of 260km/hour. As part of the agreement, Safran will supply all six ENGINeUS electric smart motors. Certification for the E20 from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) is expected by 2025.
According to Safran, the ENGINeUS 100, that will equip the E20, delivers more than 100 kW at take-off and features a fully integrated motor controller. The thermal management is provided by an optimized air-cooling system. The certification of the electric motor is planned for mid-2023.
Thierry Sieg, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Safran Electrical & Power, said: “By providing our ENGINeUS electric motors to this revolutionary E20 eVTOL designed by TCab Tech, Safran Electrical & Power is participating to write a new page in urban air mobility. This project combines breakthrough technologies, a low-carbon footprint and a high level of safety due to the electric distributed propulsion.”
Philippe Bardol, Safran General Delegate for China and CEO of Safran China, commented: “By bringing sustainable and innovative technologies, Safran is proud to partner with TCab Tech to further be present in this new emerging and environmentally friendly sector of the urban air mobility in China. We have high hopes for E20 eVTOL’s prospects in the Chinese market.”
Yon Wui NG, CEO & Founder of TCab Tech, added: “A world class motor partner is essential for the development of the eVTOL aircraft. We are excited to work together with Safran to integrate the E20 with high reliability and superb performance electric propulsion system. The smart motor has a well-advanced certification plan matching our E20 certification needs, which makes it an ideal choice for our eVTOL aircraft.”