#UAMglossary: The Meaning of eVTOL

November 25, 2021

We’re back with the #UAMglossary. Today’s term is the acronym eVTOL.


eVTOL is short for “electric vertical take-off and landing” and refers to a new type of aircraft that was first introduced in 2011. The Volocopter VC1 was among the first prototypes to ever be displayed. eVTOLs are characterized by lifting off vertically through electric propulsion only. With their more sustainable type of powertrain, eVTOLs offer decisive advantages over planes or classic VTOLs like helicopters in terms of emission and noise. This means that models like the VoloCity have a very low noise profile and zero emissions in flight.

Why eVTOL?

Flying is one of the fastest and most practical transport options to date. It minimizes travel time and is independent of roads, traffic, and general topography. But like most current means of mobility, it also comes with major disadvantages: The combustion of kerosene in aviation causes huge amounts of carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxides to be released into the air, which severely impact global climate. In addition, airports and ground infrastructure also take up precious (urban) space and resources.

eVTOLs present an elegant and environmentally friendly alternative to traditional aviation. When used properly, eVTOL aircraft combine sustainability, safety, low noise and a low-maintenance infrastructure while offering the same advantages as normal aircraft. Furthermore, they take up comparatively little space – the VoloCity for example needs only 17×17 meters (56×56 feet) to land and take off. No runways or landing strips are necessary.

VoloConnect on VoloPort
VoloConnect on VoloPort

eVTOL & Volocopter

Volocopter specializes in the development, production and operation of eVTOL in several disciplines: passenger transport (VoloCity, VoloConnect), cargo (VoloDrone), and also the corresponding infrastructure (VoloPort, VoloIQ). We believe that our products can be used to solve the mobility conundrum, especially in urban areas. Bringing people to their destination on a direct aerial path offers an escape from congested ground routes while simultaneously relieving traffic.

Volocopter eVTOLs also easily fit in and adapt to the cityscape. For example, the VoloCity can be rapidly deployed in an intra-city network by utilizing existing infrastructures like heliports, rooftops, or parking decks alongside new, easily constructible eVTOL infrastructure like our VoloPorts. Accordingly, Volocopter eVTOLs offer a vast new range of possibilities to reconcile the need for transport with livable cities and a healthy environment.

We’ll see you here again soon for our next article! If you’re too excited to wait, check out the rest of our website, our Volocopter Newsroom, or the Volocopter Newsletter for more good reads!

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