Moya Aero Selected for Techstars Start-up Seed Stage Accelerator.
Moya Aero is participating in the Techstars Los Angeles Accelerator program for seed-stage start-ups seeking early funding. The Brazilian company is developing an autonomous eVTOL aircraft intended for roles such as crop spraying and cargo deliveries. It is now preparing to start test flights with a 70 percent scale prototype of the vehicle, which is expected to have a payload of 200 kilograms (440 pounds) and a range of 110 kilometers (70 miles).
The Techstars program in Los Angeles is one of 50 worldwide with the support from investment bank JP Morgan. The 12 start-ups selected will present their business plans to prospective investors and mentors in the first week of December.
EHang Invests in Chinese Battery Group Shenzhen Inx Technology.
Chinese eVTOL aircraft developer EHang is investing in Shenzhen Inx Technology with a view to supporting the development of solid-state lithium metal batteries for its autonomous vehicles. On September 20, EHang announced that it is part of a pre-Series A funding round led by GL Ventures, but it did not disclose how much new capital will go to Shenzhen Inx.
The solid-state battery specialist uses graphite as the negative electrode and solid-state electrolyte in place of liquid electrolyte separators. It says this approach will deliver superior energy density while also being safer.
EHang has reported recently that it is close to completing type certification for its two-seat EH216 eVTOL aircraft with the Civil Aviation Administration of China. This vehicle will have a range of just 35 kilometers (22 miles) so the manufacturer may be exploring ways to make more electrical power available and extend the operating margins.
Safran and Cuberg Collaborate on Electric Batteries for Aircraft
Cuberg, a subsidiary of battery group Northvolt, is joining forces with Safran Electrical & Power to develop an energy storage system for future all-electric and hybrid electric…