Apr 28, 2023 - 11:58 am
Toyota to supply electric drive systems for Joby
California-based electric aircraft start-up Joby Aviation has signed a long-term agreement with Toyota to supply powertrains and other components for its aircraft. These are Joby-developed parts that Toyota manufactures on a contract basis.
Apr 6, 2023 - 12:48 pm
Volocopter is ready to kick off production in Bruchsal
German electric flying taxi developer Volocopter announces the completion of its entire production line in Bruchsal. All of the company’s own production facilities will start operations this month. They are expected to produce 50 VoloCity aircraft per year.
Mar 29, 2023 - 12:30 pm
Lilium & Customcells start battery production
Germany’s eVTOL startup Lilium and Customcells are ramping up production of high-silicon battery cells to get ready for certification. The battery company is now delivering cells from its plant in the German town of Tübingen every week and will produce thousands of cells per year in the future.
Mar 16, 2023 - 04:10 pm
Autoflight to deliver 205 eVTOLs to Evfly
The Chinese air taxi start-up Autoflight has signed a contract with the company Evfly for an initial 205 of its electric air taxis. Evfly specialises in the operation of eVTOLs and their fleet management and is ordering an unspecified mix of the ‘Prosperity I’ and ‘Prosperity Cargo’ models.
Mar 6, 2023 - 11:51 am
Autoflight reports 250 km flight with eVTOL prototype
Chinese air taxi startup Autoflight announces what it claims is the world’s longest eVTOL flight to date. Its electric flying cab, ‘Prosperity I’, allegedly covered a distance of 250 kilometres without stopping to charge. The flying taxi is scheduled for certification in 2025.
Jan 28, 2023 - 12:26 pm
Siemens & Skyway design eVTOL landing pads
The development of take-off and landing sites for vertically taking off and landing electric aircraft such as air taxis and drones is the goal of a new cooperation between Siemens and Skyway. To this end, both companies want to determine the electrical and digital infrastructure required to operate such vertiports.
Jan 6, 2023 - 04:19 pm
CES: Aska shows a “real flying car” with the A5 eVTOL
The US startup Aska has landed a prototype at CES. The Aska A5 is a “flying car” that is an electric VTOL with a significant range while capable of driving on the ground. The company has opened pre-orders and is confident to launch in 2026.
Jan 5, 2023 - 01:48 pm
Stellantis raises eVTOL deal with Archer to the next level
Stellantis and the Californian flying taxi start-up Archer Aviation have announced a significant expansion of their partnership. They will now join forces to manufacture Archer’s Midnight, the electric VTOL the young company debuted a few months ago.
Nov 28, 2022 - 04:47 pm
Lilium gathers $119 million for air-taxi business
The German electric air-taxi start-up Lilium has closed a financing round of 119 million US dollars. Participants in the investment round included existing shareholders, strategic partners, and new investors.
Nov 24, 2022 - 03:07 pm
H3Dynamics presents decentralised H2 aviation solution
H3Dynamics from Toulouse, France, has presented a decentralised hydrogen propulsion solution for aviation. The company’s concept relies on housing hydrogen and smaller fuel cells in a series of so-called propulsion nacelles under the wings, initially for drone use.
Nov 21, 2022 - 01:33 pm
Archer specifies series eVTOL Midnight
Archer Aviation has presented the series eVTOL Midnight. The air taxi that vertically takes off and lands offers space for one pilot and four passengers, not unlike the prototype Maker. Other spec has changed, however, yet an ambitious production schedule remains.
Nov 17, 2022 - 02:06 pm
Archer will manufacture eVTOL ‘Midnight’ in Georgia
California’s eVTOL startup Archer has selected a site in Georgia to install its first factory in Covington, near an airfield. The United Airlines partner targets making 650 flying cabs a year from 2024 and increasing capacity significantly within ten years.
Oct 5, 2022 - 02:44 pm
Wisk unveils autonomous four-seater eVTOL
Boeing-backed air-taxi company Wisk Aero has unveiled the Gen-6, an autonomous four-seater aircraft. Wisk says the eVTOL (electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing aircraft) is market-ready and can now apply for type certification by the FAA, the US Department of Transport Federal Aviation Authority.
Sep 27, 2022 - 03:24 pm
SkyDrive presents electric VTOL SD-05
The Japanese company SkyDrive shows the design of its electric aerial taxi SD-05, which is currently under development and is to be used at the World Expo 2025 in Osaka. The SD-05 is a two-seater, electrically powered air taxi designed for flights up to about ten kilometres.
Sep 23, 2022 - 12:15 pm
Kitty Hawk may have flown its last flight
Kitty Hawk, the electric aviation startup backed by Google co-founder Larry Page is shutting down. The company said in a tweet and a LinkedIn post that it was winding down operations. “We’re still working on the details of what’s next”, the posts on social media read.
Sep 13, 2022 - 04:20 pm
United invests in eVTOL manufacturer Eve Air
United plans to buy up to 500 electric air taxis. The US airline has not only invested 15 million dollars in the manufacturer Eve Air Mobility, but has also signed a purchase agreement for 200 air taxis – including an option for another 200. Deliveries are to begin in 2026.
Jul 29, 2022 - 01:50 pm
SkyDrive next up to opt for EP Systems’ air taxi batteries
News of advances in urban air mobility keeps flying in with Electric Power Systems announcing a new customer, this time from Japan. SkyDrive, a self-described developer of flying cars based at Toyota City, has opted for EPS’ ‘EPiC’ battery system to power future passenger drones.
Jul 28, 2022 - 01:28 pm
Volkswagen launches eVTOL dubbed Flying Tiger in China
Volkswagen Group China has unveiled a prototype eVTOL. The passenger drone is called V.MO and is nicknamed the “Flying Tiger” in a nod to its target launch market. Future series models will carry up to four people and their luggage over 200 kilometres.
Jul 27, 2022 - 01:19 pm
Supernal to use eVTOL batteries by EP Systems
Hyundai’s air mobility subsidiary Supernal has announced cooperating with Electric Power Systems (EP Systems) to develop eVTOL batteries. The announcement was made at the Farnborough International Airshow and is Supernal’s first partnership.
Jul 20, 2022 - 12:33 pm
Rolls-Royce & Hyundai launch air mobility cooperation
Rolls-Royce and Hyundai Motor Group have announced plans today to collaborate on all-electric propulsion and hydrogen fuel cell technology in aviation. They have signed a letter of intent to deliver low-emission solutions to the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) and Regional Air Mobility (RAM) markets.
Jun 8, 2022 - 03:00 pm
Volocopter completes first test flight with VoloConnect
Volocopter has completed the maiden flight of its four-seater electric aircraft VoloConnect, which was presented last year. The prototype performed various flight manoeuvres for two minutes and 14 seconds. The commercial launch of the VoloConnect is planned for 2026.
Apr 5, 2022 - 01:59 pm
Suzuki & SkyDrive partner on eVTOL development
Japanese automakers Suzuki and SkyDrive have announced a partnership for the commercialization of flying cars. SkyDrive is a Japanese manufacturer of flying cars and is currently developing a compact, two-seating electric-powered flying car with plans for full-scale production.