Mercedes-Benz Design supports on-demand inner-city flying taxi
Volocopter has revealed the design for its newest air taxi model: VoloCity
Designed by Volocopter - and supported by Mercedes-Benz Design - it is the fourth-generation electrical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOL) by the German Urban Air Mobility developer.
Mercedes-Benz’ parent Daimler is one of the investors.
With a range of 35km and airspeed of 110 km/h, the VoloCity is designed to be as on-demand inner-city air taxi.
The payload is two people, with hand luggage.
“With the VoloCity we will open the first commercial routes and bring Urban Air Mobility to life,” says the firm’s CEO Florian Reuter.
It follows 1,000 test flights of previous Volocopter generations and market research with “several hundred” potential customers, which have informed the design and technical specifications of the VoloCity.
The result is an aircraft with visible improvements that still stays true to the Volocopter technical and safety features: 18 rotors, redundancy in all critical systems, low noise and a rigid commitment to the inner-city mission.
The new design has increased flight efficiency through aerodynamically shaped rotor beams, a newly-introduced stabiliser to create increased stability in flight and additional lift.
Volocopter says the “iconic design with fluid lines is a seamless continuation of architectural language of the future VoloPort all the while combining unprecedented technological achievements and user comfort.”
Volocopter wrote aviation history with the first manned flight of an electrically powered vertical take-off and landing aircraft in 2011.
Since then, the German company has developed three generations of aircraft and performed public flights, most notably in Dubai in 2017 and Las Vegas in 2018.
“The VoloCity is our most powerful Volocopter yet,” says CEO Florian Reuter.
“It is rigorously designed to meet the demands of Urban Air Mobility and incorporates all requirements of the SC-VTOL certification standard established by EASA in July 2019.
“It is a result of all insights we have gathered from our extensive testing programmes over the past years.
“With the VoloCity we will open the first commercial routes and bring Urban Air Mobility to life.”
The company is now focusing on establishing the necessary ecosystem around the aircraft to bring on-demand Urban Air Mobility services to life.
This entails building up the operational environment such as the physical take-off and landing infrastructure and integrating into air traffic management systems of interested cities.
Volocopter is working with global players like Fraport, the operator of Frankfurt International Airport (FRA) to optimise passenger and ground procedures and align regulations with the relevant authorities.
Until the commissioning of VoloCity, Volocopter will continue to test, improve, and demonstrate their Urban Air Mobility vision with the current 2X pre-series model.
A public test flight is scheduled for Q4 this year in Singapore, where Volocopter will also display the first VoloPort Urban Air Mobility infrastructure prototype together with its partner UK-based Skyports which is building the first VoloPort to serve the 'flying taxis'.
The pioneer in the development of electrical air taxis that take off and land vertically (eVTOLs), Volocopter builds aircrafts that are based on drone technology and carry up to two people.
The German company will establish Urban Air Mobility (UAM) in addition to current transportation options in megacities globally.
Their aim is to offer affordable on-demand air taxi services and save people time by flying them safely to their destination.
Volocopter cooperates with leading partners in infrastructure, operations and air traffic management to build the ecosystem necessary to bring Urban Air Mobility to life.
In 2011 Volocopter performed the first ever manned flight of a purely electrical multicopter and has since showcased numerous public flights of its full-scale two-seater aircrafts, most notably the autonomous flight in Dubai in cooperation with the local Road and Transport Administration (RTA) in 2017.
Founded by Stephan Wolf and Alexander Zosel, Volocopter has more than 150 employees in offices in Bruchsal, Munich and Singapore and is managed by CEO Florian Reuter, CTO Jan-Hendrik Boelens, and CFO Rene Griemens.
The company has raised €35m with Daimler and Intel among the investors.
Find out more at www.volocopter.com