GKN Aerospace to build EWIS solution for Lilium Jet I
Lilium and GKN Aerospace have signed an agreement to design and build an integrated electrical wiring interconnection system (EWIS) solution for the German OEM’s eVTOL.
From its facility in the Netherlands, GKN Aerospace will build the EWIS hardware sets and support with on-site installation into its jet at Lilium’s final assembly line in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany.
The partnership covers the integrated design of the low voltage and high voltage electrical interconnections of the Lilium Jet. This includes integration of all wire bundles in the Lilium Jet, integration of the electrical EWIS components into operational systems to safely fly the aircraft and development of high voltage, high power interconnection solutions.
Yves Yemsi, COO at Lilium, said: “We’re proud to have brought another outstanding aerospace player onto the Lilium Jet team. GKN Aerospace has enormous experience developing certifiable EWIS systems and impressed us with their dedicated offering for the Lilium Jet. We are looking forward to driving ahead on our program with GKN Aerospace at our side.”
Lilium said this agreement represents an “important step towards final assembly of the conforming aircraft” due to begin later this year. Lilium already has agreements in place for aerostructures, avionics, battery cells, energy management systems, e-motors, propulsion system, aircraft interior and landing gear.
John Pritchard, president, Business line Civil Airframe, GKN Aerospace, said: “We are delighted to partner with Lilium; this collaboration provides a great opportunity to leverage and build on the capabilities each company brings. Companies like Lilium will be delivering the solutions that will enable passengers to travel sustainably and help deliver net zero carbon by 2050. We’re proud to be on board and helping that reality come to life with our advanced technology.”