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Electric Aircraft Model in Simscape

version (5.4 MB) by Steve Miller
Electric and hybrid electric aircraft models for component sizing


Updated 22 Jun 2020

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These example models enable you to use simulation to evaluate electric and hybrid electric aircraft architectures against design criteria such as flight range and flight duration. The models are parameterized so that you can modify many aspects of the design. MATLAB code automates parameter sweeps of battery size and payload. Using these models of electric aircraft in Simulink, you can rapidly explore the design space to identify ranges that meet system requirements. Models include a fixed wing and a VTOL aircraft in separate folders.

Please read the README.txt file to get started.

Use the Download button to get files compatible with the current release of MATLAB.
Use the links below to get files compatible with earlier releases of MATLAB.

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Cite As

Zhao Wang, Steve Miller (2018). Electric Aircraft Model in Simscape (, MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved November 14, 2018.

Comments and Ratings (4)

Zhao Wang

Hi Carl,
Since the R2018b version, the eVTOL examples are added. Please find the model in the folder "Electric_Aircraft_Simscape_R18b/Airtaxi_VTOL".

Hey Steve!

Great job on creating the model and thanks for making it available ton MathWorks! I am able to run the program for electric aircraft but can't find the options for eVTOL fleets. Any advice on how to integrate eVTOL fleets to the model?


See release notes for this release on GitHub:

Connected to GitHub repository.

Added links to download files compatible with earlier releases of MATLAB.

Added R2019a version.

Added VTOL (Vertical Take Off and Land) model with general parameterization. Parameter sets similar to Ehang 184 and the Workhorse Surefly are provided.

Added R2018b version.

Added R2018a version. Entire sweep runs faster using Fast Restart, for battery parameters are now run-time parameters.

MATLAB Release Compatibility
Created with R2020a
Compatible with R2017b to R2020a
Platform Compatibility
Windows macOS Linux