Volocopter has unveiled the design for its newest air taxi model, the VoloCity.
It will be the fourth-generation eVTOL aircraft by the German Urban Air Mobility developer has been designed to meet the safety standards specified by EASA.
The company also detailed how its new designs incorporate user feedback as well as test data from all previous Volocopter generations.
With a calculated range of 35 km and airspeed of 110 km/h, the VoloCity is designed to serve as an on-demand inner-city air taxi.
Volocopter went on to explain how learnings of over 1,000 test flights on previous generations and market research with several hundred potential customers have informed the design and technical specifications of the VoloCity.
The result is an aircraft with 18 rotors, redundancy in all critical systems, a low noise signature and a rigid commitment to the inner-city mission.
Features include payload to accommodate 2 people including hand luggage, increased flight efficiency through aerodynamically shaped rotor beams and a newly introduced stabilizer to create increased stability in flight and additional lift.
Florian Reuter, CEO of Volocopter, said: “The VoloCity is our most powerful Volocopter yet. It is rigorously designed to meet the demands of Urban Air Mobility and incorporates all requirements of the SC-VTOL certification standard established by EASA in July 2019. It is a result of all insights we have gathered from our extensive testing programmes over the past years.”
Adding: “With the VoloCity we will open the first commercial routes and bring Urban Air Mobility to life.”
Until the commissioning of VoloCity, Volocopter has confirmed it will continue to test, improve, and demonstrate their Urban Air Mobility vision with the current 2X pre-series model.
A public test flight is scheduled for Q4 this year in Singapore, where Volocopter will also display the first VoloPort Urban Air Mobility infrastructure prototype together with its partner Skyports.