The UK has long been at the forefront of VTOL (Vertical Take-off and Landing) technology. Sir Stanley Hooker played a key role in Rolls Royce developing the Pegasus engine that powered the Harrier Jump Jet. This technology has now developed into eVTOL – Electrical Vertical Take-off and Landing. 

These aircraft use electric power to take off vertically, hover and land. The lower running costs and ability to land in tight spaces makes them ideal for carrying fewer passengers than conventional aircraft. This is ideal for air taxis, emergency services, agricultural irrigation etc. The concept of eVTOL has gained significant attention in recent years due to advancements in electric propulsion technology and the increasing interest in urban air mobility.

Advantages of eVTOL

The main advantage of eVTOL aircraft is their ability to take off and land vertically, eliminating the need for traditional runways. This feature enables them to operate in congested urban areas where space for conventional airports is limited. They are often designed with multiple small rotors or propellers that provide vertical lift and transition to forward flight once airborne.

Electric propulsion systems offer several benefits over traditional combustion engines. They are generally quieter, produce zero emissions during operation, and require less maintenance since they have fewer moving parts. The use of electric power also reduces operating costs and contributes to a more sustainable aviation industry.

What Electropak is doing

Electropak is working with partners in Europe and North America to develop Busbars for eVTOL. The insulation coating we use means that the busbars can be fitted close together in a confined space, which helps with saving weight and improving the efficiency of the engine. Our AS9100 rev D approval demonstrates our suitability to manufacture busbars for eVTOL and a range of aerospace applications.