Volocopter has unveiled the design for its latest eVTOL air taxi, a two-seat multicopter called VoloCity.
The VoloCity is the fourth-generation design by the German eVTOL developer and incorporates insights from more than 1,000 test flights of previous generation models, the company said. Like earlier Volocopters, it incorporates 18 rotors, but also features aerodynamically shaped rotor beams and a new stabilizer for increased stability in flight and additional lift.
Specifically designed to serve as an on-demand inner-city air taxi, the aircraft will be capable of accommodating two people plus hand luggage, with a calculated range of 35 kilometers (22 miles) and cruise airspeed of 110 km/h (68 mph). Volocopter said it will also meet the safety standards outlined by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in its recent special condition for small-category VTOL aircraft.
“The VoloCity is our most powerful Volocopter yet,” stated Volocopter CEO Florian Reuter in a press release. “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 programs over the past years.”
The styling of the VoloCity was supported by Mercedes-Benz Design. As well as being informed by previous test flights, the design reflects market research with several hundred potential customers, Volocopter said.
Until the VoloCity begins flying, Volocopter will continue to use the 2X pre-series model to test its concepts for urban air mobility. A public test flight is scheduled for the fourth quarter of this year in Singapore, where the company will also display the first VoloPort urban air mobility infrastructure prototype together with its partner Skyports.
Volocopter is also working with partners including Fraport, the operator of Frankfurt International Airport, to optimize passenger and ground procedures for urban air mobility and align regulations with the relevant authorities. “With the VoloCity, we will open the first commercial routes and bring urban air mobility to life,” Reuter said.