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Wednesday, July 27 2022 - 16:00
Electric Power Systems of U.S. Selected as Provider of EPiC Battery System for Aircraft Production: SkyDrive
TOYOTA, Japan, July 27, 2022 /Kyodo JBN-AsiaNet/ --

SkyDrive Inc. (hereinafter "SkyDrive"), a Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture, 
Japan-based developer of "flying cars" (*1) and "cargo drones," is pleased to 
announce that it has selected Electric Power Systems, Inc. (hereinafter "EP 
Systems") headquartered in North Logan in the U.S. state of Utah, a leading 
provider of high-power scalable powertrains that are certifiable for 
electrified aviation, as a partner to design, develop, and manufacture battery 
system of "SD-05."

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With the mission of "leading the once-in-a-century mobility revolution," 
SkyDrive is developing flying cars to realize a future that utilizes the sky 
for daily transportation. In 2025, it aims to enter into service in the Osaka 
Bay Area using the flying car of the SkyDrive Type SD-05, a two-seater vehicle 
for which SkyDrive is currently applying for type certification.

A high-power battery system plays a critical role in the development of the 
two-seater SD-05. EP Systems has numerous battery systems currently powering 
customer flight demonstrator vehicles such as NASA X-57, Aurora Flight Sciences 
Pegasus, and many other aircraft manufacturers. EP Systems is currently in 
partnership with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to certify 
batteries for general aviation aircraft and will complete its first Technical 
Standard Order (TSO) (*2) in 2023.

EP Systems is a leading provider of high-power scalable powertrains that are 
certifiable for electrified aviation. It develops energy storage systems, DC 
fast-charging stations, and electric propulsion products for the aerospace, 
defense, automotive, marine, and industrial traction industries.

Boeing and Safran invested in EP Systems in 2019 and in 2021 to complete 
development and certify their EPiC battery system for high-volume 
manufacturing. EP Systems' current and publicly announced customers include the 
U.S. 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 SD-05 aircraft, with the target of launching its service using flying 
cars in the Osaka Bay Area in 2025.

Comments from the companies
Nathan Millecam, CEO, Electric Power Systems, Inc.
"We couldn't be more excited to be a part of SkyDrive's plans for the future of 
flight and looking forward to collaborating with the team."

Tomohiro Fukuzawa, CEO, Representative Director and President, SkyDrive Inc.
"EP Systems is our ideal partner for this essential element of our two-seater 
aircraft SD-05. They are very focused and committed to develop performing and 
reliable battery systems. With their excellent support to define the best 
solution for our customers, we will continue to develop our aircraft."

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Editor's note:
(*1) Flying cars, formally eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) 
aircraft, are characterized by electrification, a fully autonomous autopilot, 
and vertical takeoff and landing. A new advancement in the field of mobility, 
the development of flying cars is being promoted globally. In Japan, the 
Public-Private Council for Air Mobility Revolution was established in 2018 for 
that purpose. The project is expected to lead to taxi services in urban areas, 
new means of transportation for remote islands and mountainous areas, and 
emergency transport in times of disaster. A roadmap formulated by the Ministry 
of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, 
Transport and Tourism (MLIT) anticipates the start of business in 2023 and 
full-scale deployment in 2030.

(*2) Technical Standard Order (TSO): A TSO is a minimum performance standard 
for specified materials, parts, and appliances used on civil aircraft. When 
authorized to manufacture a material, part, or appliance to a TSO standard, 
this is referred to as TSO authorization. Receiving TSO authorization is both 
design and production approval.

Source: SkyDrive Inc.