WITH A FRESH INFUSION OF INVESTORS, THE VOLOCOPTER AIR TAXI IS ABOUT TO BE REAL
So it’s been a tough year to geek out about almost anything. But as people start getting vaccines, this pandemic just may mellow out into more of an annoyance than the anvil giving the world a constant migraine. And this news is pretty easy for me to geek out on. One, it’s a taxi that flies. Two, well, it’s a taxi that flies! But it’s going to be an electric Air taxi, hitting the air above streets in Germany before you can click your heels. The electric air taxi is made by the company with the handle, Volocopter.
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THE VOLOCOPTER ALREADY LED THE WORLD, BUT WILL NOW LIKELY BE THE FIRST EVER REAL ELECTRIC AIR TAXI
So why is this suddenly news? Because this idea has been around and in development for some time. Air taxis aren’t exactly easy to create, especially electric ones. But Volocopter just expanded it’s investor funding to the tune of another 200 million Euros. And yes, that means just that much more in USD. So far, the company is in the lead across the world for fully public test flights. And yes, with official local regulatory approval, to boot. But now this fun idea that tests well has an official timeline for being an actual service you can enjoy.
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WITHIN ONLY 2 YEARS, THE VOLOCOPTER WILL HAVE ROUTES, BUT STARTING IN GERMANY
So when will people be able to take electric air taxi rides in Germany? Volocopter says they are planning on actual commercial air taxi routes to open within 2 years. That’s like, fast. But the new money infusion is what’s making this happen, before our grandkids ask us about the gasoline days. The new investors are BlackRock, Continental AG, Daimler and DB Schenker, as well as others. And yes, none of those are American companies. Hopefully, we’ll hear soon on this side of the Atlantic about kind of electric air taxis (and other vehicles) we can expect here.