Lilium postpones market launch until 2025
The Bavarian electric aerial taxi start-up Lilium has postponed its planned market launch by one year. Instead of 2024, the electric vertical take-off is now expected to be approved in 2025 and thus begin commercial operation.
Lilium, NetJets & FlightSafety launch electric aviation partnership
Electric flight taxi developer Lilium has reached a memorandum of understanding on a far-reaching strategic partnership with business aviation company NetJets. This provides options for up to 150 Lilium aircraft for NetJets. In addition, NetJets wants to support Lilium in expanding its business in the USA and Europe.
Lilium engages ABB for MW aircraft charging system
ABB has been hired to provide a megawatt fast-charging network for electric aerial taxi manufacturer Lilium. The ABB equipment will enable charging with direct current with a power of up to 1,000 kW and can also be used for heavy electric trucks and buses.
Electric jet company Lilium will launch on Nasdaq this week
The electric air taxi startup Lilium is merging with special purpose acquisition company Qell after shareholders have now voted in favour of the merger. The SPAC deal will see Lilium list on Nasdaq this Wednesday. However, Lilium’s proceeds from the IPO are much less than hoped for.
Customcells to deliver batteries for Lilium
The electric air taxi start-up Lilium is relying on Customcells for the series production of battery cells for the seven-seater Lilium Jet. In future, the Porsche partner will be one of the main suppliers to make the existing Lilium battery technology ready for series production and produce it at its plant in Tübingen.
Lilium could fall on hard times
The electric air taxi startup Lilium is short of cash. According to the German magazine Welt am Sonntag, the company has amended its 2019 balance sheet to state that its continued existence is at risk.
Lilium flying electric taxi hub set up in the USA
The German flying e-taxi startup Lilium has just announced its expansion into the USA. By 2025, the first hub for electric air mobility is to be built in Orlando in the US state of Florida. This will connect the region around Orlando itself with Miami in the south and Jacksonville in the north of Florida.
Lilium achieves complex maneuvers in test flights
The Munich-based German startup Lilium has published new images of its all-electric Lilium jet on the occasion of the now completed first phase of flight tests. The vertical take-off aircraft (VTOL) now flies increasingly complex manoeuvres at speeds over 100 km/h. The new Lilium Jets are now available in a variety of different models.
Lilium air taxi seeks EASA & US approval + first CFO
Lilium, the startup that wants to launch a fleet of flying electric cars in cities across the globe by 2025, is awaiting safety approval in Europe and the USA. Meanwhile, the Munich-based company will be joined by Christopher Delbrueck as its first CFO.
Apple, John Deere, Lilium Aviation, WiTricity.
Apple confirms autonomous car plans: In a letter to U.S. transport regulators, the tech firm for the first time acknowledged that it is working on self-driving technology. It urged the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to not introduce too many regulations on the testing of the technology and proposed that companies share data from i.e. crashes to make the autonomous driving even safer.
New e-tractor in town: John Deere unveiled a prototype of its new electric tractor SESAM (Sustainable Energy Supply for Agricultural Machinery). The machine features two electric motors with 150 kW each and a 130 kWh battery pack. The tractor is said to require less maintenance and last longer than its diesel equivalent.
electrek.co, youtube.com (video)
Cash injection: Skype co-founder Niklas Zennström has invested 100m dollars in Munich-based start-up Lilium. The latter is working on a two-seater electric jet (we reported), ready to take flight by 2018. Range is estimated at 500 km while the jet’s top speed is set at 400 kph.
Optimising inductive charging: WiTricity has presented its new Tunable Matching Network (TMN), said to automatically optimise energy transfer between the ground and vehicle using a wireless charging system. It could therefore “correct” real-world operating conditions, such as parking misalignment, different vehicle ground clearance or battery voltage conditions.
PSA, Dongfeng, Lilium, Panasonic, Siemens, Local Motors.
Shared EV platform: PSA and Dongfeng officially agreed to jointly build a platform for electric cars. The e-CMP, based on the common modular platform, will be the base for compact and subcompact electric cars for the Peugeot, Citroen, DS, and Dongfeng brands.
Electric VTOL: ESA is backing Lilium, a Munich-based start-up intending to launch an electric jet by 2018. The two-seater shall start and land vertically, while flying at speeds of up to 400 kph. In cruising mode, range is given at 500 km and batteries are said to charge via a household socket.
siliconrepublic.com, inverse.com, esa.int
Panasonic increased its investment in the Tesla Gigafactory by 35 percent this last quarter. With 64m dollars, the Japanese paid more in Q1 2016, than they have since the start of the project. It is a good indicator that production of battery cells is about to start very soon.
3D car printing: Siemens partners with Local Motors to advance large scale 3D printing of cars. Siemens’ Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software, which creates digital twins, will be combined with Local Motors’ experience in a process called Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM).