22. April 2021, 10:15 Uhr | Heinz Arnold
Volocopter's Velocity air cab takes off.
Volocopter and Geely will be working together in the future to drive Urbain Air Mobility in China. The two companies will show how at the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition 2021.
Visitors to the Shanghai show will be able to see Volocopter's electric 2X air cab for the first time in China and find out how Volocopter and Geely Technology Group plan to implement this new form of mobility.
Urban Air Mobility (UAM) will open up the airspace above cities. As a pioneer of electric-powered vertical take-off aircraft (eVTOL), Volocopter is building the ecosystem for electric air taxi services in cities worldwide. The plan is to bring these mobility services to China together with Geely Technology Group and closely cooperate on production and operations.
Since Geely invested in Volocopter in 2019, the companies have leveraged their joint expertise in mobility to identify where electric air cab services could be usefully deployed in China.
"Geely's leading position in China and forward-thinking approach to new mobility offerings distinguishes the company as an important strategic investor for us. This makes Geely the ideal partner to jointly bring UAM to China, one of the most promising markets worldwide for this new type of mobility," said Florian Reuter, CEO of Volocopter.
Business license application underway
Volocopter and Geely Technology Group plan to enter into a joint venture to offer UAM services together in China. The application for a business license is already underway. Public acceptance is one of the key factors for the success of this new mobility. To illustrate the tangible value and contribution of electric aerial taxi services, Volocopter and Geely will exhibit the Volocopter 2X at Geely's booth at Auto Shanghai 2021 for the first time in China.
"Together, we have both the technology and production resources to create a UAM ecosystem in Chinese cities," said Charlie Jing, CEO of Aerofugia.
The Volocopter 2X features high safety and low noise emissions. The aircraft has nine replaceable batteries powering 18 rotors. This redundancy, which is present in all flight-critical systems, ensures high safety, allowing the aircraft to land safely even if one or more rotors fail.
In 2019, the Volocopter 2X successfully flew over Singapore's Marina Bay, demonstrating the feasibility of integrating piloted electric flight cabs with Air Traffic Management (ATM) and Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management (UTM).
For commercial operations, Volocopter will deploy the VoloCity, which is currently in the certification process by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). It will achieve a speed of 110 km/h and a flight duration of 35 minutes, taking into account energy reserves and headwinds.