SHIFT EV - Video of Electric Helicopter Conversion

In 2016, SHIFT Electric Vehicles assisted some very talented people to convert this Robinson R44 helicopter to an electric drive system for the Visionary Martine Rothblatt, PhD, JD, Author, Lawyer, Satellite Communications and Biotechnology Pioneer.
High voltage battery system being prepared for installation.

The original Lycoming (bottom right) engine was replaced by a twin electric motor drive system (bottom left) utilizing YASA motors and Rinehart Motion Systems (RMS) propulsion inverters. Battery power is supplied by a custom assembled BRAMMO battery pack.

This project was completed for proof of concept purposes related to Martine's goals of creating a more responsive aerial transportation system for the delivery of manufactured organs for transplantation throughout the United States. These details and more, are available in this Tesla Motor Club (TMC) video presentation on YouTube.

R44 Helicopter with Lycoming engine

R44 with Electric drive