German manufacturer takes off with license to produce futuristic air taxis

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The German-based eVTOL manufacturing pioneer, Volocopter, has recently been granted a license to produce and assemble cutting-edge air taxis. Production is set to commence in April, with Italy being the first country to welcome this revolutionary mode of transportation, followed by Paris, Singapore, and the future city of NEOM.

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As we eagerly anticipate the launch of Volocopter’s air taxi service next year, urban commuters in Rome will be the first to experience the remarkably quiet and efficient eVTOLs. Initial routes will connect Rome-Fiumicino Airport with the city center, a testament to the company’s commitment to redefining urban transportation.

Bridging the Gap: Volocopter’s Production Facility in Bruchsal

To meet the increasing demand for eVTOLs, Volocopter has inaugurated a state-of-the-art production facility in Bruchsal, Germany. Starting in April, the company plans to assemble more than 50 VoloCity vehicles per year at this location.

Although this may not seem like a significant number, it’s important to remember that air taxis are currently only licensed to operate in a limited number of locations. As demand and infrastructure for eVTOL transportation expand, we can expect Volocopter’s production capabilities to grow in tandem.

VoloCity: Tailored for Niche Market Needs

The initial fleet of VoloCity eVTOLs will cater to specific urban transportation needs, such as shuttling passengers between airports and city centers, facilitating transportation during the Paris Olympics, and providing luxurious point-to-point travel for affluent individuals in Saudi Arabia’s futuristic city, NEOM.

Lamination process in the Volocopter production clean room to scale
Lamination process in the Volocopter production clean room to scale

However, as more eVTOL manufacturers join the market in the coming years, we can expect a broader range of transportation options. For instance, Archer, a U.S.-based competitor, plans to launch an air taxi service in New York City by 2025, utilizing its Midnight vehicle, which can accommodate a pilot and four passengers.

The Luxurious VoloCity Experience

Featuring 18 rotors and nine interchangeable batteries, the VoloCity eVTOL will initially operate with a pilot and can accommodate a single passenger. This luxury solution to urban transportation is poised to complement conventional taxi services while offering a quieter, more sustainable mode of travel.

Source: volocopter.com

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