After 11 years of development, the Volocopter VoloCity electric flying taxi is here
Since 2011, German aircraft manufacturer Volocopter has been developing the Volocopter VoloCity electric flying taxi, a fully electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. The startup has produced the full-size pre-production prototype of the VoloCity after a series of prototypes and “more than 1,500” test flights.
These pioneers in urban air mobility revealed footage of VoloCity’s maiden flight on Wednesday, which you can see in the video below. The flight, which was held back in December 2021, shows the aircraft lifting off, hovering above the ground, and landing successfully, all while being remotely operated without passengers.
“These moments demonstrate how our pioneering spirit will bring our vision to life before our very eyes,” Volocopter said in a statement. “And it’s just the push we need as we enter the final leg of the race to commercial launch.”
The Volocopter VoloCity electric flying taxi is equipped with 18 rotors and 18 electric motors powered by nine rechargeable batteries. Even with its 18 rotors, it’s a quiet aircraft that can travel up to 22 miles at 62 mph, making it ideal for short flights around town. Furthermore, the VoloCity’s batteries can be interchanged in approximately 5 minutes, reducing turnaround times and allowing for continuous use.
In addition, the eVTOL has a weight capacity of 440 pounds and can carry two people plus some extra baggage. VoloCity seeks to transport passengers in a safe and emission-free manner within urban regions. Riders would also be able to summon an air taxi via mobile.
According to the startup, the production variant of the Volocopter VoloCity electric flying taxi is expected to be operational for the 2024 Paris Olympics.