Since 2020, Phase teamed with a group of advance aeronautical engineers to create the first cargo eVTOL, Kolibri.
The target was to reach 300 km range with 300 kg payload , at a cost/km competitive with trucking, at least on mountain roads. The achievement of this target was conditional on two critical developments:
An extremely efficient airframe, which would enable the required range within the energy density limitation of existing battery technology.
A simple design, with few parts and minimized maintenance requirements.
Phase Motion Control contributed with the design of the complete propulsion drivetrain, from battery to propellers.
The first test flight of a Kolibri scale model occurred in December, 2021; advanced testing, with some modifications on the original design, is ongoing towards a full performance prototype release in 2Q2024.