eVTOL News on the Fly

 eVTOL Maker Lilium Inks Deal with Dusseldorf and Cologne/Bonn Airports Munich, Germany-based Lilium announced an agreement between the eVTOL manufacturer, Dusseldorf Airport, and Cologne/Bonn Airport to begin exploring how the airports can become hubs and leverage UAM using Lilium’s 5-seat aircraft as a new transportation mode across the North Rhine-Westphalia region. “We are excited to…

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Professor Dr. Martin Winter, University of Mϋnster

Full Charge: The eVTOL Revolution Will Need Batteries

Professor Martin Winter says powerful, but small, lightweight, batteries are essential to eVTOL success.   “Battery development is triggered by the stakeholders,” says battery technology expert Professor Martin Winter. Winter is founder and scientific director of the MEET Battery Research Center at Münster University (about 340 miles west of Berlin). But, so far, most of…

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SkyDrive concept eVTOL

Japan Moves Forward with Air Taxis and Flying Cars

One hundred Japanese and international corporations have agreed to help eVTOL air taxis become a reality in Japan by 2023 and automated cars that can fly by 2030. The companies are sponsoring SkyDrive Inc., a developer of urban air mobility solutions and joint developer CARTIVATOR Resource Management. Support will be in the form of financial…

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Embraer Pulse Concept

Embraer Pulse Is Part eVTOL, Part Self-Driving Car

It’s a plane! It’s a car. It’s Pulse – both at once. Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer is taking a different flight path for the future. Its “Pulse” is designed to be an eVTOL air taxi and a self-driving car. The concept calls for a smart cabin that attaches to an autonomous eVTOL and then detaches…

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Startup Transcend Air Aims to Create Northeast Air Taxi

If you’ve got approximately US$20MM to spare, you might consider lending a startup hand to Transcend Air. Founders Gregory Bruell, formerly head of Elytron, a Silicon Valley VTOL design firm, and Peter Schmidt, a tech advisor for air-taxi provider Linear Air, have an eVTOL they’d like you to fund. Conceived as part traditional eVTOL and…

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Kitty Hawk Flyer Permanently Grounded

What goes up, must come down. Such is the fate of the Flyer, an eVTOL project launched in 2015 headed by Sebastian Thrun (a former Google Fellow who founded Udacity). The Flyer had its wings permanently clipped, according to the company. The eVTOL, which, at 250 pounds, qualified as an ultralight aircraft that didn’t require…

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