Geely invests €50M in Volocopter air taxis
The German airport taxi start-up Volocopter has secured 50 million euros in a new financing round led by the Chinese Geely Group. The new funds will be used to bring Volocopter’s electric aircraft to commercial launch within the next three years.
Fraport & Volocopter set about air taxi infrastructure
Volocopter, and Fraport AG – the owner and manager of FRA, Germany’s biggest airport, intend to develop concepts for the ground infrastructure and the operation of electric aerial taxis at airports. The main focus will be on smooth passenger handling and efficient connections to existing traffic infrastructure.
German rescue service ADAC testing VTOL
The German ADAC Luftrettung, that is the air rescue service, is planning to test manned electric multi-copters as rescue vehicles in two states in Germany, namely Bavaria and Rhineland-Palatinate. Volocopter’s electric VTOL will be used for the pilot.
Volocopter plans Singapore test flights in 2019
The German aviation startup Volocopter is planning test flights in the centre of Singapore for the second half of 2019. The series of tests will focus on urban flight conditions and will validate the use of an electric aircraft in an urban environment. The next step will then be public demonstration flights.
Volocopter shows air taxi stations for 10,000 people/day
German startup Volocopter presents infrastructure for its electric flying cab service in the making. It consists of so-called Volo-Ports leading to Volo-Hubs, designed to shuttle thousands of passengers through each day. Volocopter wants to launch the first within 10 years.
Northvolt, ABB, Siemens, Valeo, Volocopter, British Airways.
Northvolt partners with ABB: Swedish company Northvolt and Swiss tech specialist ABB will work together to realise Northvolt’s project to build Europe’s largest lithium ion battery factory in Sweden. Their agreement involves a supply and technology partnership as well as R&D collaboration. ABB intends to supply robotics, automation and electrification solutions and to contribute to innovations in battery technology in areas such as production platform, cell and module design and battery performance. As reported, battery production in the new gigafactory could start in 2020 and ramp up to 32 GWh in 2023.
Does Siemens consider selling JV shares? When Siemens formed a 50:50 joint venture with Valeo in December 2016, it allegedly insisted on an exit clause, the Handelsblatt has learnt. Thus, Siemens has a put option from December 2021 and Valeo simultaneously a call option on Siemens’ shares. Their JV is focussing on high-voltage powertrains for all forms of electrified cars, including hybrids.
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Maiden flight of electric air taxi in Dubai: The autonomous air taxi concept by German manufacturer Volocopter has successfully completed its first unmanned test flight at a location close to Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach Park. Currently, the prototype manages to stay in the air for approximately 30 minutes. As reported, also Daimler is among the investors of the aviation company.
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British Airways to replace diesel tugs: The airline has inaugurated five new remote-controlled EVs capable to push back aircrafts from gates at London-Heathrow. The so-called “Mototoks” replace diesel tugs and are in operation at Terminal 5 where they allegedly manage to park up to 40 percent more airlines in the same amount of parking space.
Leclanché, Taiwan, Volocopter, Oslo.
Leclanché supplies batteries to Škoda Electric: In the framework of a 5 year development cooperation, Swiss manufacturer Leclanché will deliver its battery solutions for electric buses to Škoda Electric. Besides that, the partnership involves also battery systems for cars and off-road vehicles.
Printed mini EV made in Taiwan: The Taiwan Automotive Research Consortium has introduced a small EV with elements from a 3D printer. With its lightweight construction, the two-seater is designed for city life requirements – that’s also why it just provides 60 kph and not more than a 6.6 battery pack for 100 km. Further information that would indicate commercial use have not yet been released.
Volocopter to take off in 2017 in Dubai: State-owned traffic authority RTA entered into a deal with German company Volocopter in order to trial its autonomous electric air-taxi in the Emirate. The project covers 5 years and shall begin in the fourth quarter of this year.
Autonomous electric buses in Oslo: From March 2018, the Norwegian capital will see autonomous mini buses users can order via app. In the long term, Oslo’s Roads and City Authority even considers to deploy 10 to 20 of those self-driving buses.