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  • Joe Breitfeller

Airbus Selects MAGicALL to Develop Electric Motors for CityAirbus NextGen

Airbus has partnered with MAGicALL to supply the motors for their CityAirbus NextGen eVTOL aircraft. The vehicle prototype will be equipped with a tailored version of the MAGiDRIVE, MAGicALL’s newest generation of electric motors.


Airbus Partners With MAGicALL to Power the CityAirbus NextGen eVTOL Aircraft - Courtesy Airbus

On Tuesday (May 10, 2022), Airbus announced that they have partnered with California-based electric motor manufacturer MAGicALL to power the CityAirbus NextGen electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. MAGicALL will provide a custom tailored version of the MAGiDRIVE, their latest generation electric motor. The lightweight brushless motors are a product of innovative design and manufacturing, incorporating the latest generation of MAGicALL’s magnetics and power electronics technology.


In Tuesday’s announcment, Airbus’ Head of Urban Air Mobility, Joerg P. Mueller, said,


“We are proud to benefit from the experience of MAGicALL to develop the electric propulsion system of CityAirbus NextGen. The electric motors are a major component of our prototype: the high torque and low weight of the MAGiDRIVE as well as its robust design will be highly beneficial for the overall efficiency of the aircraft.”


MAGicALL’s electric motors will provide a seamless and fully integrated propulsion solution comprised of the motor and its control system in a fully enclosed, air-cooled unit.


Founded in 2004, California-based MAGicALL is a leading supplier of electric motors. The company benefits from proven expertise in custom magnetic and power electronic solutions for the aerospace industry. The company also contributed to the development of the motors that powered Vahana, Airbus’ tilt-wing UAM technological demonstrator.


The fully-electric CityAirbus NextGen is an eVTOL prototype with fixed wings, a V-shaped tail, and eight propellers, as part of the aircraft’s distributed propulsion system. CityAirbus NextGen is being developed to fly a range of 80 km at a cruise speed of up to 120 km/h, making it suitable for numerous missions. Airbus is developing the aircraft not only to provide a new mobility solution in urban areas and beyond, but also as part of the company’s quest to reduce aviation emissions across their entire product range.



Source: Airbus