SkyDrive, a Toyota developer of flying cars and cargo drones, has selected Electric Power Systems in Utah to provide high-power scalable powertrains certifiable for electric aviation to manufacture the battery system for the SD-05 two-seater aircraft.

SkyDrive is developing flying cars that utilise the sky for daily transportation, aiming to start a service in the Osaka Bay Area using the SkyDrive Type SD-05 which is currently applying for type certification.

EP Systems has battery systems currently powering customer flight demonstrator vehicles such as NASA X-57, Aurora Flight Sciences Pegasus, and other aircraft manufacturers.

The company is currently in partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to certify batteries for general aviation aircraft and will complete its first Technical Standard Order in 2023.

EP develops energy storage systems, DC fast-charging stations, and electric propulsion products for the aerospace, defence, automotive, marine, and industrial traction industries.

Boeing and Safran invested in EP Systems in 2019 and 2021 to develop and certify its EPiC battery system for high-volume manufacturing, for customers that include the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the FAA as well as Boeing, Safran, Bell Textron, Embraer, and Diamond Aircraft.

SkyDrive has selected the EPiC battery system, which includes battery modules and a battery management system, and which is safe for handling the disconnect box for the SD-05 aircraft, with the target of launching its service using flying cars in the Osaka Bay Area in 2025.

Electric Power Systems CEO Nathan Millecam said: “We are excited to be a part of SkyDrive’s plans for the future of flight and looking forward to collaborating with the team.”

SkyDrive CEO Tomohiro Fukuzawa added: “EP Systems is our ideal partner for this essential element of our SD-05 two-seater aircraft – it is very focused and committed to developing reliable battery systems.”

Last month, Supernal and Electric Power Systems partnered to develop safe, lighter-weight and certifiable eVTOL vehicle batteries, having formalised an agreement at the recent Farnborough International Airshow 2022.

In May, SkyDrive reached an agreement with the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) to base the type certification for its flying car, which refers to the JCAB Airworthiness Inspection Manual (AIM) Part II Revision 61.

Certification relates to SkyDrive’s SD-05 two-seat flying car, for which the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) accepted an application for type certification in October 2021, to launch an air taxi service in 2025.