More Launch Details About Zunum Aero Electric Hybrid Planes

Electric commuter plane, backed by Boeing, could take off in 2022: Small airliner powered by two electric motors would seat up to 12 passengers and cheaply fly trips under 1,000 miles (1,600 km), 6 Oct The Guardian and Reuters  Artist’s rendering of Zunum 2022 hybrid-electric plane. Photograph: HANDOUT/Reuters A Seattle-area startup backed by the venture capital arms of Boeing and JetBlue Airways has announced …

At least six developers have retail air taxis in the pipeline

At least six developers have retail road-air vehicles in the pipeline, so it’s time to watch the skies  An artist’s impression of Lilium’s flying cars in action. Photograph: Lilium.com Tori Blakeman, The Guardian, 10 September 2017  A little white winged pod lifts itself off the ground and glides off into the distance. The whole movement looks effortless. It’s like watching Luke Skywalker’s …

Lilium electric jet and air taxi: Germany’s Tesla?

Excerpt from Tech Crunch, 5 Sep 2017 It is the insistence that the Lilium VTOL jet should be solely electric-powered that really stands out and has left some aviation experts skeptical that the startup can reach its goal of speeds up to 300 kph and a distance of 300 km. Wiegand sounds unfazed. “The biggest challenge is with batteries… Compared to gasoline, …