DENSO has signed a long-term agreement with aerospace leader Honeywell as both companies work on developing new electric propulsion units for the urban air mobility market, with a focus on eVTOL air taxis and delivery vehicles.

This latest agreement follows on from the initial collaboration signed back in 2019. Both companies are in advanced discussions with customers as they intend to begin flight test configurations of the electric propulsion systems within the next year. Additionally, the alliance’s electric propulsion systems will integrate seamlessly with Honeywell’s fly-by-wire, avionics and actuation systems.

Jiro Ebihara, Senior Executive Officer and Head of the Electrification Systems Business Group at DENSO Corporation, said: “Mobility needs are changing and this collaboration represents how DENSO is evolving to meet them.

“While we have committed to achieve a carbon-neutral society, we still need to reduce traffic and offer eco-friendly movement in population-dense areas. Working with Honeywell will help address both these issues and furthers our goal of creating mobility that is green and offers peace of mind.”

DENSO is a global mobility supplier that develops advanced technology and components for nearly every vehicle make and model on the road today. With manufacturing at its core, the company produces thermal, powertrain, mobility, electrification, & electronic systems,

Honeywell is one of the world’s leading makers of electronics, engines and mechanical systems for aircraft. Its systems fly on virtually every airliner in the sky, along with thousands of business jets and light aircraft.

Dave Marinick, president, Engines & Power Systems, Honeywell Aerospace, said: “Honeywell technologies have helped power human flight for more than 100 years, and as electric propulsion for aircraft takes shape, Honeywell will be at the forefront with partners like DENSO.

“DENSO’s leadership in automotive technology combined with our experience in Aerospace will help bring about cleaner and smarter ways for people to move throughout the world.”

The alliance with Honeywell enhances DENSO’s Second Founding, the company’s strategy to provide value beyond a vehicle-centric focus and produce the core technologies for future mobility.

It also will help both companies in their pledge to be carbon neutral in its facilities and operations by 2035.