Aerospace

Supernal to develop batteries specifically for eVTOL aircraft

21 July 2022
Members of Supernal and EP Systems with a eVTOL cabin concept at the Farnborough International Airshow. Source: Supernal

Supernal, the air taxi wing of Hyundai Motor Group, has formed a partnership with Electric Power Systems (EP Systems) to develop electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) specific aircraft batteries.

The agreement was announced during the Farnborough International Airshow taking place this week and is the first vehicle partnership for Supernal. However, Supernal partnered with Urban-Air Port to develop multi-modal infrastructure hubs for eVTOL aircraft in April.

Supernal debuted in November of 2021 as Hyundai’s dedicated urban mobility company and will build a family of electric air vehicles with plans for commercial flight to begin in 2028.

This new partnership is aimed at improving electric aircraft batteries to drive:

  • More power
  • More energy
  • Shorter charging times
  • Longer life spans

The hope is that this will lead to more affordable eVTOL vehicles and in turn vehicle flights.

EP Systems’ product portfolio includes a battery management system for harnessing battery power and materials. EP Systems currently has NASA, the FAA, Boeing, Safran, Bell Textron, Diamond Aircraft and other companies as customers.

The Farnborough International Airshow takes place in England this week.

To contact the author of this article, email PBrown@globalspec.com


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