Hybrid Ready

ePropelled is the first vendor to enable hybrid-mode operations of a UAV power system, working with internal combustion engines to provide electrical power to the aircraft. The power systems offer UAV designers the unique option to optimize engine size while using the battery for range extension, emergency landing, or power assist on takeoff.

This functionality allows for a smaller engine in situations that demand high power (such as takeoff) or to extend the range of the aircraft using battery power.

Two product features make Hybrid Ready™ possible:

  • Our starter generators (SG) have enough torque to start the engine in addition to supplying power (like an alternator) during flight.
  • The design of our electronic engine starter (EES) allows this dual operation to use battery power to both start the engine and add power for propulsion.

There is a need to keep weight and cost down while extending flight time and allowing the hybrid aircraft to be self-contained when starting the engine. ePropelled is delivering a solution to meet that need.

The Hybrid Ready™ electrical power systems family includes all our starter generators, intelligent power systems (also known as power management units or PMUs), and electronic engine starters. These modular components can be mixed and matched to supply from 500 watts to 12 kW of power.

For more information on Hybrid Ready™ get our application note.