A unique spectacle is set to grace the skies of the upcoming Summer Olympics in Paris, courtesy of the German tech company Volocopter. Banking on the glitz and glamour of the international sports event, Volocopter aims to debut its electric vertical take-off and landing vehicle (eVTOL), providing a tantalizing glimpse into the future of urban mobility.
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.
The demand for more efficient and sustainable transportation options has led to an increased interest in electric vertical takeoff and landing (Evtol) and vertical takeoff and landing (Vtol) aircraft. These aircraft have the potential to revolutionize the way we commute, deliver goods, and respond to emergencies. As the technology continues to improve and become more affordable, countries around the world are looking to establish themselves as leaders in the production of Evtol and Vtol aircraft. Here are some of the countries that could be at the forefront of this emerging industry in the next few years.
Volocopter’s evtol made its first live flight near Paris in November, and it is hoped that it will be able to carry passengers commercially over shorter distances in 2024, the year of the Paris Olympics.
These air taxis have already completed their test flights and are likely to open up air taxi travel in the coming years.
VoloCity takes passengers around the city, first in Paris and then around the world. Volocopter’s eVTOL for passenger transport, VoloCity, is one of the company’s aircraft being developed to reform air transport, alongside the VoloDrone for parcel transport, the VoloConnect for longer distances and the VoloIQ, the infrastructure underpinning the VoloCity, which will serve as the system’s brain.