Electric power is slowly taking over the transportation industry. A very short time after getting battery electric cars, we can see some engineers trying their luck at producing aircraft powered by electricity.
Audi have joined a very ambitions project that is designed to help resolve traffic jams in largest cities of the world. The project Pop.Up Next is developed in partnership with Ital-Design and is represented by a modular vehicle. This vehicle consist of two parts: a small two-seater car and detachable air propulsion module that turns this car into an aircraft with vertical take-off and landing capabilities.
Kitty Hawk Cora
Cora is a new all-electric aircraft that was specially design to make everyday flight more accessible for general public. Developed with an intent to be used as an air taxi, Cora has a vertical take-off and landing capabilities, can operate at altitudes between 500 ft to 3000 ft and bring you to the desired destination up to 60 miles away. Cora is using 12 independent lift fans to fly at speeds up to 110 miles per hour.
Engineers at Vahana, who are backed by Airbus, were able to carry out a first flight of their full-scale electric aircraft. During the test this compact VTOL was able to take off with the payload of 1642 pounds and showed stable operation for 53 seconds. This proof-of-concept flight got the company one step closer to satisfying the growing need for urban mobility and bringing to the market a single passenger electric aircraft with electric propulsion and an advanced autopilot.
Do you know an aircraft that can fly as fast as a Formula One car, make less noise than a motorbike but be suitable for accessing inner city zones? Although it sounds too good to be true but there is one vehicle that suits this description. It's Lilium Jet. This all electric passenger jet can bring you from London to Paris in just one hour. The range on a charge is 185 miles, so Lilium Jet is fit to be used as an air taxi in large cities.
Passenger Drone is an eco-friendly air taxi that is powered 16 electric motors and propellers. Two passengers can comfortably travel in this aircraft that only need to input their final destination through an interactive display. Although the Passenger Drone is guided by a cutting edge autopilot system, passengers can use a joystick to guide the air taxi in case of an emergency.
Trifan 600 is brought into air by a set of ducted fans, two of which can rotate when needed. The hybrid electric drive produces less emissions but has similar performance characteristics compared to similar aircraft. After taking off vertically, the aircraft needs only 90 seconds to reach its cruise speed. Trifan 600 can also boast a 5-passenger capacity and business class comfort and luxurious accomodations.
Ehang 184 makes getting from point A to point B hassle free: no need to check for road situation or spend your time behind the steering wheel. This autonomous aerial vehicle lets you travel at speeds up to 60 miles per hour, while enjoying spectacular views from the altitude of 1640 feet. The built in battery pack can last for trips up to 25 minutes but can be fully restocked to a 100% charge in one hour.
Vimana is designing a means of transportation that will combine that capabilities of an airplane, helicopter and autonomous drone in one single product. Indented to be used in smart cities of the future as air taxis, Vimana is powered by decentralized guidance and artificial intelligence systems. These systems ensure your safe trip is both fast and safe.
By using hybrid propulsion system Equator Aircraft has several advantages over its competitors: this airplane has a longer flying range, better efficiency, lower weight and more room in the cabin. Thanks to the well designed control management system, the pilots can enjoy a reduced workload and experience higher levels of security every seconds of the fight.
Volocopter is a manned VTOL that can take off vertically like a regular helicopter but works on electric power like a regular drone. As a result, this aircraft can be suitable for city use, thus increasing our mobility and solving various personal transportation problems. Volocopter uses 18 motors and 9 batteries to fly at speeds close to 60 miles per hour. It can be controlled by an autopilot or a joystick.
Hamilton Aero 1
Dufour Aerospace make their first step towards electrified air travel with their product Aero 1. It is an electric twister airplane that can handle 60 minutes of regular flying or up to 30 minutes of rugged aerobatic flight even in freezing weather conditions. The electric motor and propeller in this aircraft make low noise, so the company plans to use them in their more ambitious aviation projects.
Pipistrel Alpha Electro
Alpha Electro is an advanced ultra-light aircraft that uses electric propulsion system. The short take-off distance, powerful climb, and flight reserve of one hour make it suitable for flight training and short commercial flights. The aircraft's powertrain is operated with one simple lever, so the students can focus on learning the craft with little to no distractions.