Winged e-taxi could be flying over London by 2024
August 27, 2020 - A zero-emissions flying taxi could take to the London skies as soon as 2024, if plans by Vertical Aerospace come to fruition.
UK-based startup Vertical Aerospace has unveiled plans for a vertical take-off and landing electric aircraft, capable of making a 76 kilometre commute from Brighton to London in 30 minutes – half the typical train time.
The VA-1X will be capable of carrying five people, including the pilot, at a cruise speed of 240 kilometres an hour. It will be powered by lithium-ion batteries and produce zero emissions.
Zero-carbon flight is a growing area of interest within the aerospace industry as it faces pressure to lower aircraft emissions. Given the hefty weight of lithium-ion batteries, small vehicles like air taxis are an achievable technological goal at present.
E-taxis, as they have become known, are hoping to pitch themselves as a more environmentally friendly version of private jets or helicopters, with pricing somewhere between a private car and a helicopter. Their goal is to have flying costs down to to a few dollars per passenger per kilometre.