The latest generation of urban transport is the eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft) air taxis, which will be a revolutionary tool in metro stations, and already many start-up companies are announcing their future air taxi plans. There is huge competition between companies to be the first to bring the new eVTOL to market.
So far, Germany seems to be leading the way in this development, as the German aircraft manufacturer Volocopter recently announced that it has received a Production Organisation Approval (POA) from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). In addition, Volocopter was the first eVTOL company to receive Design Organisation Approval (DOA) in 2019. With the POA and DOA in place, and the acquisition of German glider manufacturer DG Flugzeugbau, Volocopter could achieve the commercial launch of the new eVTOL within a few years.
With the growth of population and metropolitan areas, urban air transport services using eVTOLs could be a solution to reduce congested motorways. In addition, this mode of transport is a much faster and cleaner solution than conventional ground vehicles.
Volocopter’s EASA certification is recognised in global markets, allowing it to expand further and launch services in Europe, Asia and North America in the future. In addition, there is no longer a long wait for entry into service. The Volocopter’s first passenger flight could take place in Singapore in the second half of 2023.