A new company has been launched in the UK to develop and manufacture electric motors and power electronics for aerospace applications, which includes eVTOL aircraft.

Evolito was spun out earlier this year by YASA Motors, one of the world’s leading pioneers of automotive axial-flux electric motors which was acquired by Mercedes-Benz earlier this year. It is set to exclusively commercialise YASA’s next-generation electric motor technology and IP for the rapidly-growing aerospace market.

Evolito’s ultra high-performance, low-weight axial-flux motors and power electronics are smaller, lighter and more robust than any other competing technology, opening up a range of new opportunities for fixed wing and distributed electric propulsion applications in the urban air mobility market.

Gareth Morris, Managing Director, Evolito, said: “Electrification in aerospace is some ten years behind that of the automotive industry, but the market potential is huge.

“Electric vertical take-off and landing, electric helicopter, fixed-wing and urban air mobility aircraft need high power density, low weight electric powertrains with inherently high safety factors – a combination of attributes that are unique to our axial-flux electric motor and power electronics.

“By leveraging YASA’s unique IP in the aerospace market, Evolito will fast-track the commercialisation of electric flight and transform mobility as we know it.”

The unique segmented topology of the Evolito motor is inherently more robust than other electric motor approaches, making it ideally suited to the demands of the aerospace market where safety is paramount.

Evolito’s axial-flux electric motors and power electronics offer the highest power and torque densities in class – the company says they are inherently more robust than competing technologies. The privately-held company is based in Oxford, with its investors include Waypoint Capital and Oxford Science Enterprises (OSE).

Cyrus Jilla, Partner and Board Director at Waypoint Capital, said: “At Waypoint, one of our thematic interests is in energy transition and sustainability, including electrification. We look to invest in businesses with unique disruptive technology led by outstanding teams.

“Evolito is a perfect fit for us and we look forward to backing the team as they develop their game-changing electrification solutions for the aerospace market, making emissions-free flight a reality.”

Alexis Zervoglos, Senior Partner at OSE, added: “The electrification of flight is one of the most exciting market opportunities of our time. Realising this potential will require innovative new technology and an ability to scale to meet the fast-emerging demand. OSE is delighted to be supporting Evolito on its mission to accelerate the adoption of electric flight.”