VerdeGo Aero™ is going to change not just the way we fly, but the way we move around. After the decision to fully focus on propulsion systems, specifically building IDEP™ – (Integrated Distributed Electric Propulsion) a modular set of battery-electric and hybrid-electric propulsion components that are under development to support a wide array of VTOL aircraft and mission profiles – , VerdeGo Aero™ has recently signed three very interesting partnerships. Those will enable the company to keep growing in the next couple of years and this also proves that the strategy to focus on IDEP™ propulsion system has put the company on the fast track to success.
VerdeGo Aero™ and Transcend Air
In the Video: Transcend Air Simulation. Video Credit: Peter Schmidt
VerdeGo Aero™ has announced they are partnering with Transcend Air to apply VerdeGo’s IDEP™ systems to future versions of Transcend’s Vy 400 aircraft. This will allow Transcend Air to take advantage of developing electric power options, while also benefiting from already-available, traditional turbine power plants.
Transcend Air was founded in 2017 with the idea to build a VTOL airline that will free business travelers from congestion on the ground and in the air. Having taken a unique path: designing an aircraft starting from a ticket price, Transcend Air has developed the Vy 400 considered to be the best solution for city-center to city-center travel, with door-to-door prices lower than current air travel options, and door-to-door times that are 67% to 80% less
Leveraging VerdeGo’s IDEP™ with the Transcend Vy aircraft design will enable a new family of aircraft that deliver a variety of mission capabilities, with increased efficiency and sustainability.
“VerdeGo Aero’s IDEP™ systems enable forward-thinking aircraft manufacturers such as Transcend Air to apply electric propulsion options to high-performance VTOL aircraft. Transcend Air’s adoption of our first-generation hybrid IDEP™ platform will smooth the path to a fully battery electric VTOL solution, once those options become viable,” said Eric Bartsch, Chief Operating Officer of VerdeGo Aero™.
In the Photo: Transcend Air VTOL. Photo Credit: Transcend Air
VerdeGo Aero™ and Seyer Industries
VerdeGo Aero™ has also announced a partnership with Seyer Industries to build a world-class supply chain to manufacture VerdeGo’s IDEP (Integrated Distributed Electric Propulsion) hybrid-electric powertrain systems for the next generation of Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) aircraft.
A global fleet of more than 100,000 of these next-generation VTOL aircraft is forecasted to be produced over the next twenty years as the Urban Air Mobility market grows. This strategic partnership includes financial investment by Seyer in VerdeGo, and leverages Seyer’s aerospace manufacturing capabilities as a key element of VerdeGo’s supply chain.
“The St Louis community was a key part of enabling both my grandfather’s historic flight, and my work with the XPrize foundation on private spaceflight. It is really special to be partnering with Seyer Industries to open up the next big leap in aviation – flying cars” said Erik Lindbergh, co-founder of VerdeGo Aero™.
“Seyer Industries is a key strategic investor in VerdeGo’s $2.5M financing round we are building out now. Their financial investment, combined with long-term supply chain partnership and near term support for prototyping and R&D make Seyer an invaluable partner to VerdeGo’s commercialization roadmap for IDEP™ powertrain systems” said Eric Bartsch, Chief Operating Officer of VerdeGo Aero™.
In the Photo: VerdeGo Aero’s IDEP™ . Photo Credit: VerdeGo Aero
VerdeGo Aero™ and ASX
In the Photo: Asx’s Mobi-One. Photo Credit: Asx
Finally, VerdeGo Aero™ announced that it is teaming with ASX, formerly known as AirspaceX, to apply VerdeGo’s IDEP (Integrated Distributed Electric Propulsion) systems to future versions of ASX MOBi-One aircraft.
ASX was founded in 2017 to unlock Detroit’s Industrial base and skilled labor to produce a hybrid electric VTOL Air-Taxi that will free commuters and business travelers from congestion on the road and in the air. ASX has since then, developed the MOBi as the best solution for city-center to city-center travel, with door-to-door prices that will be equal to or less than the price of an UberX Ride. With MOBi, the mass traveling public will enjoy the benefits of private air travel leveraging the USA’s 15,000 community airports and helipads.
The ASX MOBi-One is a VTOL aircraft optimized for fast, inexpensive, city-to-city transportation and this will allow ASX MOBi-One to take advantage of developing electric power options, while also benefiting from already-available, traditional turbine powerplants.
Fitting the MOBI-One with IDEP™ propulsion in the future will enable enhanced performance and mission capabilities for the MOBi aircraft family. “VerdeGo Aero’s IDEP™ systems enable forward-thinking aircraft manufacturers such as ASX MOBi-One to apply electric propulsion options to high-performance VTOL aircraft. ASX’s adoption of our first-generation hybrid IDEP platform will smooth the path to a fully battery electric VTOL solution, once those options become viable,” said Eric Bartsch, COO of VerdeGo Aero™.
“ASX is excited to benefit from the world-leading hybrid and electric propulsion expertise on VerdeGo Aero’s team as we kick off a joint engineering program to prepare the MOBi fleet for future electrification,” said Jon Rimanelli, CEO of ASX.
In the Photo: The Mobi-One by Asx. Photo Credit: Asx
In the Cover Photo: Transcend Air VTOL. Photo Credit: Transcend Air
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