World’s first all-electric flying taxi takes off
May 16, 2019 -- German start-up Lilium has unveiled what it claims is the world’s first all-electric “air taxi”. The firm says the emission-free craft could provide an on-demand service by 2025, revolutionising urban travel.
The jet, powered by 36 all-electric engines, will be capable of travelling up to 300km in just 60 minutes — cutting down on travelling times across congested cities or regions.
With five seats, including the pilot, it will be able to offer a taxi service for groups or small families, offering a serious alternative to road travel.
The jet, which takes off and lands vertically but then moves into horizontal flight, completed its maiden flight over Germany this month.
Lilium is not alone in developing urban air mobility vehicles. Uber and Kitty Hawk are also looking at launching an electric-powered flying taxi service, while aircraft manufacturers, including Boeing and Airbus, are investing in hybrid-electric propulsion systems.
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- Electric air taxi startup Lilium completes first test of its new five-seater aircraft (The Verge)