Wright announces Wright Electric Aircraft Engine Test Cell (WEAETC)

2.5 MW of shaft power on the world's most advanced electric motor for aviation

The Wright Motor leads the industry in performance, delivering an unmatched power-to-weight ratio to enable zero-emissions one-hour flights.

Unmatched thrust at the lightest weight

The Wright Motor's 2.5 megawatts (MW) of shaft power paves the way toward enough thrust for optimal lift during the most critical moments of a flight — a new standard in electric aviation.
  • Unmatched Power: With up to 2.5 MW of power (3x higher than commercial-off-the-shelf), our propulsion unit delivers unrivaled performance, providing the energy needed to drive next-generation vehicles and vessels.

    Exceptional Power Density: Boasting specific power up to 16 kw/kg (3x higher than commercial-off-the-shelf), our propulsion unit maximizes energy output while minimizing size and weight, offering a compact solution for a wide range of applications.
    High Efficiency: With an efficiency rating of 96%, our propulsion unit ensures efficient energy utilization, reducing stored energy requirements, environmental impact, and operating costs.

    Proven Track Record: Developed in collaboration with leading research institutions such as NASA and ARPA-E, our propulsion unit will undergo rigorous testing to demonstrate its exceptional reliability and performance.

Megawatt advantage for full passenger loads

Lift is a function of thrust minus drag, and by keeping our motor lightweight and drag-efficient, we minimize the lift required and maximize performance.
  • Flexible Power Options: Our propulsion unit offers peak power of 2 MW at 800 VDC and 2.5 MW at 1200 VDC, providing versatility to meet diverse application requirements.

    High-Speed Performance: With a rated speed of 7,500 rpm and 2,550 Nm of rated torque, our propulsion unit delivers high-speed performance.

    Integrated Inverter Technology: WM2500 is equipped with eight integrated inverters, each rated to 250 kW of power.

    Multiple Outputs: The EPU is designed to direct-drive a ducted fan, power a propellor through a single-stage gearbox, or perform as the genset of a 4 MW class turbogenerator.

Dash 8-300 Plane

Technology Roadmap

2021
2022
2023
2024
2025
2026
Motor and inverter development
Propulsion fan development
Flight: One electric engine
Flight: Two electric engines
Flight: All four electric engines
Wright Spirit entry into service

Leading an industry in performance

Efficient takeoff for more passengers. Zero emissions.

The Wright Motor's exceptional efficiency and power-to-weight ratio will enable long-term energy efficiency for electric aviation.

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