Volocopter is now offering consumers the opportunity to fly onboard its 18-rotor electric multi-copter. The German aircraft manufacturer accepts flight reservations on its fancy vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft. This is the first time the aviation startup is allowing the public to join on their battery-powered vehicle.
When & Where?
However, the company hasn’t mentioned where or when the journey will take place. Therefore, reserving a ticket now might not be the best idea. According to a spokesperson, the flights will occur “within 12 months” after Volocopter’s commercial launch, expected in “2-3 years. ” So far, the German aircraft manufacturer has led a few flight tests in Singapore, Helsinki, Dubai, and Bruchsal, Germany. Therefore, it is fair to expect the journey to take place in one of those locations.
“While the final certification for air taxis is still pending, we do have a detailed realistic timeline to launch commercial VoloCity flights in the next 2-3 years. Moreover, those who reserve now can receive the latest updates about our progress and the commercial launch plan,” stated Christian Bauer, the aviation company’s chief commercial officer.
The flight tickets are not that cheap. Members of the public can acquire one for $355. However, they also have the option to reserve a ticket with a 10% deposit. However, there is a restricted number of pre-selling flight tickets, which is 1,000 max. According to Volocopter, they are available for a limited period of time. The basic ticket offers a 15 minutes flight; however, if you want a longer flight, it will cost you €20 (about $24) per minute.
2X Electric Aircraft Details
During a recent tech event in Singapore, the German company has done a demonstration of its electric aircraft. The test included a temporary “VoloPort” as well, which is said to be the future traveling way. Using electric VTOL vehicles, we should be able to travel from rooftop to rooftop in crowded spaces.
The 2X vehicle is a small egg-shaped multi-copter. Small as it is, it supports a wide halo of 18 rotors. 2X aircraft’s ultimate goal is to become a functional air taxi. However, compared to airports that require high-volume air travel between cities, countries, and continents, the Volocopter’s small multi-copter is more for local locations.
Creating an electric aircraft is very complicated. The battery technology we have nowadays can’t liftoff a vehicle. Some experts are quite skeptical about the Volocopter project. However, the company still manages to gather fundraisers for its goal. Just last year, they succeeded in raising $55.3 million thanks to Geely. Other investors are Daimler and Intel.