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MAGicALL to help develop the electric motors of CityAirbus NextGen

May 12, 2022  By Helicopters Staff

In September 2021, Airbus unveiled its fully electric eVTOL prototype, CityAirbus NextGen. (Image: Airbus)

Airbus has selected MAGicALL to supply the motors of the electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft CityAirbus NextGen. Airbus’ eVTOL prototype will be equipped with a tailored version of the MAGiDRIVE, the newest generation of electric motors manufactured by MAGicALL.

Airbus explains the detailed customization of CityAirbus NextGen’s electric propulsion system will enable the prototype to benefit from features that will match its unique design, making for increased performance and reliability. The lightweight brushless motors that will be integrated into CityAirbus NextGen, continues Airbus, are a product of innovative design and manufacturing: they incorporate the latest generation of MAGicALL’s magnetics and power electronics technology.

“We are proud to benefit from the experience of MAGicALL to develop the electric propulsion system of CityAirbus NextGen,” Joerg P. Mueller, Airbus’ Head of Urban Air Mobility. “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.”

Airbus explains the electric motors will also contribute to the seamless architecture of Airbus’ eVTOL prototype, thanks to a fully integrated solution comprising both the motor itself and its control system, as part of a fully enclosed, air-cooled propulsion unit.


Founded in 2004, MAGicALL is a leading supplier of electric motors based in California. MAGicALL also contributed to the development of the motors that powered Airbus’ tilt-wing UAM technological demonstrator, Vahana.


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