Germany’s Lilium, a developer of eVTOL jets, has announced a partnership with Honeywell and DENSO, to co-develop and manufacture the Lilium Jet’s electric motor that will power its engines. Through this collaboration, the Lilium Jet’s e-motor will benefit from Honeywell’s aerospace expertise as well as DENSO’s experience in high-quality volume production.
Honeywell is already developing the Lilium Jet’s avionics and flight control systems, and invested in Lilium in 2021.
The Lilium e-motor is a proprietary, high-performance system, that is expected to bring exceptional performance and reliability with zero operating emissions.
Lilium’s 750+ strong team includes approximately 450 aerospace engineers.
Yves Yemsi, Chief Operating Officer of Lilium, says: “Lilium’s Procurement strategy is to engage with the technology providers with the most suitable expertise. We are already making great progress with Honeywell on its Honeywell Anthem integrated flight deck and flight control computers, and we are delighted to deepen our relationship by also partnering with Honeywell and DENSO on our e-motor. The collaboration with these two powerhouses takes us further along the path to revolutionizing regional air mobility.”
Stéphane Fymat, vice president and general manager of Urban Air Mobility, Honeywell Aerospace, adds: “Honeywell has been at the forefront of innovation in aviation for a century, and we are proud to closely collaborate with DENSO and help usher in the age of electric flight. Lilium’s innovation, combined with our experience in aerospace, will help to bring about cleaner, more sustainable ways for people to travel for centuries to come.”
Koji Ishizuka, senior director of the Electric Sora-Mobi Business Promotion Department at DENSO, comments: “DENSO’s focus is powering the shift to a green, safe and seamless mobility future for all. We’re grateful to work with Honeywell and Lilium on making air travel cleaner and more efficient, and in doing so, we have the opportunity to apply our electrification expertise to vehicles on land and in the sky.”
Founded in 2015, Lilium’s headquarters and manufacturing facilities are in Munich, Germany, with teams based across Europe and the US.