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German startup to offer electric air taxis by 2025

Auto News - Published on Fri, 17 May 2019

Image Source: The Local - Germany
Economic Times reported that German startup firm Lilium announced Thursday the maiden flight of its all-electric pilotless jet-powered 'air taxi' which it hopes to operate in various cities around the world 'by 2025'. The five-seater prototype could face skies crowded with competition, as other startups and giants like Airbus, Boeing or Uber are also tinkering away on their own projects -- with an eye on transforming urban transport. But with challengers' rotor-powered fliers offering only a limited range, Lilium believes its jet-style aircraft can set itself apart from the pack.

While it can take off vertically like a helicopter, it also sports wings for horizontal flight, allowing a top speed of 300 kilometres (186 miles) per hour and a range of 300 km.

Both Airbus and Boeing's models have a range of up to 50 miles.

Controlled from the ground, the Bavaria-based firm's test vehicle first flew in Munich at the start of May -- although Lilium did not say exactly how long it was airborne.

Leandro Bigarella, Lilium's head of flight test in a statement said that "While a maiden flight is always a moment of truth for a business, the jet performed exactly as expected and responded well."

The five-seater jet follows on the heels of the firm's two-seater prototype, which successfully flew in 2017.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Fri, 17 May 2019
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