Volocopter, the German urban air mobility (UAM) group, has unveiled its newest aircraft, VoloConnect, offering a larger aircraft with a longer range. This electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOL), says Volocopter, is designed to connect suburbs to cities on trips of up to 100km.
The new aircraft will be integrated into Volocopter’s existing portfolio of eVTOLs: VoloDrone, VoloCity, VoloPort, and the digital platform, VoloIQ.
VoloConnect uses a hybrid lift and push design to transport up to four passengers electrically at a cruising speed of 180 km/h, with a top speed of 250 km/h. The compact aircraft is naturally stable and efficient during forward flight while maintaining a low stall speed – critical factors for urban flights.
Florian Reuter, Volocopter CEO, says: “VoloConnect embodies the next dimension of our mission to offer affordable, efficient, and sustainable flight mobility solutions for cities around the globe. Leveraging customer insights from our existing VoloCity and VoloDrone, VoloConnect’s capacity to support longer missions and higher payloads serves another strong growing market demand.”
Reuter adds: “We are confident that this aircraft family, and the years of experience and leading innovation on which it’s founded, will pioneer the way for electric UAM services to launch commercially and internationally.”
Volocopter is the first and only eVTOL company so far to attain Design Organisation Approval from European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).