Joby Motors was founded by JoeBen Bevirt, an inveterate entrepreneur born with a passion for engineering that has driven the formation of two successful companies over the past 10 years.
In early 2008, JoeBen turned his focus to renewable energy and founded Joby Energy Inc. to develop groundbreaking airborne wind turbines to harness the power of high-altitude wind.
This engineering challenge required the development of extremely lightweight, highly efficient motors and motor controllers. Optimized for turbines and electric aircraft, these unique direct drive motors have undergone extensive testing and optimization cycles.
Joby Energy merged with Makani Power in early 2011. As of 2014 Joby Motors is actively developing motors for aviation while producing the JM1, JM1S, JM2, and JM2S in limited quantities.