Volocopter, urban air mobility (UAM) pioneer, and Geely Technology Group, a global mobility technology group, have joined hands to present Volocopter’s electric air taxi, the 2X, at the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition 2021. The vehicle is being presented for the first time in China.
At the exhibition, the companies are highlighting their cooperation and have made public their aim to introduce urban air mobility, an emerging part of the aviation industry focused on aerial connectivity in and around cities,to the Chinese market.
As a pioneer of electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) air taxi technology, Volocopter has paved the way for creating the ecosystem needed to provide electric air taxi services within cities around the world. Together with Geely Technology Group, Volocopter is beginning the process of introducing these mobility services in China and creating a scalable model for production and operations.
Volocopter and Geely Technology Group have agreed to form a joint venture to make UAM services in China a reality and have applied for a business license. Since announcing Geely’s strategic investment in Volocopter in 2019, the companies have been working on identifying where electric air taxi services could be best introduced in China.
“Geely’s market leadership in China and forward-thinking approach to expanding mobility options make them a great strategic investor,” said Florian Reuter, CEO Volocopter. “They are an invaluable partner for bringing urban air mobility to China – one of the most promising markets for the UAM industry globally.”
“Volocopter is the pioneer and leader of safe, sustainable, and practical eVTOL solutions for air taxi services in cities around the world,” said Charlie Jing, CEO of Aerofugia, a subsidiary of Geely Technology Group. “Together, we will have both the technology and means of production to launch urban air mobility ecosystems in Chinese cities.”
In 2019, the Volocopter 2X successfully flew over Singapore’s Marina Bay and showed that piloted electric air taxi integration in air traffic management (ATM) and unmanned traffic management (UTM) was possible. For future services, Volocopter will be using its fifth-generation aircraft, the VoloCity, which is currently in the certification process with European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). It will have an increased speed of 110 km/h and longer flight duration of 35 minutes (after accounting for reserve battery and headwind).
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