Doroni Aerospace, a startup based in Florida that was founded in 2016, has added a protective cover to the rotors of their electric air taxi, known as the H1, which sets them apart from other manufacturers and may make the vehicle appear safer to some. While the wings of the H1 serve as a backup, it is the innovative rotor construction that truly distinguishes the company.
The H1, which has a 650 kg nose and can carry a load of around 200 kg, is lifted into the air by 8 rotors mounted at the base of two pairs of wings fixed at a high angle, but the machine also has two propellers mounted at the end of the fuselage to provide thrust for horizontal travel. The H1 will have a maximum speed of 225km/h, according to its designers, and an average cruising speed of 160km/h, capable of covering around 100km on a single charge. As for the batteries, the company claims that they can be charged from 20% to 80% in just 15-20 minutes.
The H1 electric air taxi, developed by Doroni Aerospace, has been designed to meet the FAA’s light sport aircraft standards, which would require the owner to undergo up to 20 hours of training before being able to fly the aircraft independently. The H1 also includes safety features such as a built-in parachute and a high level of redundancy to ensure the safety of passengers in case of malfunction.
Doroni plans to begin series production of the H1 in 2023 and aims to obtain the necessary licenses in 2024, with the first production models available for purchase in the fourth quarter of 2024. The H1 is currently available for pre-order at a cost of $150,000.