With many companies working on eVTOLs, or electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles, battery-powered air mobility options are fast becoming our reality. These include German air taxi developer Lilium Air Mobility, which recently claimed a major milestone for its product in development.
Lilium Air Mobility announced that its Phoenix 2 reached speeds of 250 km/h during a recent test in southern Spain, Reuters reported. The company also posted a teaser video of the flight on its social media accounts. While more testing and more work remains before commercial operation is a possibility, the test remains promising.
Companies working to make air taxis possible are looking at revolutionizing urban mobility in the near future, especially since most major urban centers have serious concerns about the density of ground traffic flows. With increasing population concentrations around urban centers, the eVTOL option is seen as an increasingly viable option. However, in addition to development-related challenges, there are also regulatory challenges that need to be addressed. Also, given that most of the options in development are two- or three-seaters, eVTOLs are best served as a means of travel for the affluent class as they fly around the world.
First published date: Mar 10, 2023, 11:07am CST