Aircraft

Daimler helps fund autonomous flying taxi

Volocopter 2X

German firm Daimler invests US$29 million in self-flying taxi innovator Volocopter Volocopter – the German start-up behind the futuristic electric vertical take off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft – has received a total of around US$30 million from investors including Daimler and technology investment firm Lukasz Gadowski. Funds will be used …

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eFusion prototype: Siemens packs battery power

330LE with Siemens motor tows glider. Copyright: Jean-Marie Urlacher

  To move from fantastical prototype to commercial aircraft, the e-Fusion hybrid-electric plane could do more to ensure fast charging In a new video, Siemens has showcased the speedy ‘recharging’ of its eFusion hybrid-electric aircraft prototype. Siemens joined up with French-owned multinational Airbus in April last year to develop a …

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ChargePoint partners with Uber on eVTOL

Uber Elevate concept art. Source: Uber

EV charging firm to help develop the network and infrastructure for Uber Elevate programme EV charging network operator ChargePoint has announced a partnership with Uber Elevate to support a global vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) transportation network. The agreement will see ChargePoint develop the world’s first charging infrastructure for electric …

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‘Tesla for the air’ entices big investors with big savings

Source: Business Wire

Zunum Aero has secured serious investor interest for its regional hybrid-electric aeroplane concept, from JetBlue Technology Ventures and Boeing HorizonX. The company will initially target routes of 700 miles, with the hope of developing its technology to cope with 1000+-mile flight ranges by 2030. Its aircraft will accommodate between 10 …

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