Airbus announces a next-generation eVTOL2021-09-22 17:30 by Daniela
Tags: Airbus, eVTOL
Today at Airbus's sustainability summit in Toulouse, France, the manufacturer unveiled a design for a fixed-wing CityAirbus NextGen eVTOL with a V-shaped tail and eight sets of electric motors and propellers. However, Airbus has not officially said what it's doing next with eVTOLs.
CityAirbus prototype's first flight is planned for 2023 and certification is expected around 2025, says Airbus Helicopters CEO Bruno Even. CityAirbus is being developed to fly with a 80km range and to reach a cruise speed of 120kmph, "making it perfectly suited for operations in major cities for a variety of missions".
Airbus declines to publicly offer any forecasts on market size because there are still many unknowns on such a fledgling technology and opportunity.
"We are on a quest to co-create an entirely new market that sustainably integrates urban air mobility into the cities while addressing environmental and social concerns," says Even.
Airbus previously launched CityAirbus, a demonstrator that concentrates on progressing remotely piloted eVTOLs. On May 3rd, 2019, the CityAirbus conducted its first unmanned flight in a massive step forward for the program.
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