Jaunt Air Mobility will explore development of a hybrid-electric version of its eVTOL aircraft under a new memorandum of understanding with VerdeGo Aero.
The agreement will see the partners collaborate on a version of the Jaunt Journey — Jaunt’s concept for an all-electric air taxi — incorporating VerdeGo’s diesel hybrid-electric generator system. The companies said the added energy from the hybrid system will significantly enhance mission capability for passenger, cargo, and military variants.
“While confident in the battery-electric Jaunt Journey for the urban air mobility market, our customers also have different operational mission requirements,” stated Martin Peryea, CEO of Jaunt Air Mobility, in a press release. “VerdeGo’s system offers a unique bridge to meeting those demands.”
Running on widely available Jet-A fuel, VerdeGo’s hybrid power systems are said to provide more than four times the energy of battery-electric powertrains while still reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 40 percent when compared to competing turbine products.
“The additional range enabled with VerdeGo’s hybrid system applied in the Jaunt aircraft will enable either longer missions or multiple short back-to-back missions without the requirement for energy infrastructure at every landing site,” stated VerdeGo Aero CEO Eric Bartsch. “Rapid turnaround, high utilization, and enhanced mission capability make the hybrid aircraft extremely competitive.”
The agreement with Jaunt continues a series of recent wins for VerdeGo, which has also announced partnerships with XTI Aircraft and Airflow Aero. Last month, the company revealed it has validated the “Iron Bird” prototype of its generator system at power output levels above 150 kilowatts.