We are urban air mobility (UAM) pioneers at the forefront of establishing the whole UAM ecosystem. Our 2011 flight, was the first crewed, electrically powered vertical take-off and landing flight in aviation history!
Volocopter develops solutions for urban air mobility. With our family of electrically powered aircraft (eVTOLs), we design our solutions specifically for different mission: Very stable flight, low and agreeable sound signature, zero emissions during flight.
Air taxis for short and long urban routes, the VoloCity and VoloConnect,
A heavy-lift drone for routes in urban areas or tough terrain, the VoloDrone,
and the infrastructure to support these operations, VoloPorts and VoloIQ.
By bringing all these components together with strong partnerships, Volocopter will be able to provide solutions for mobility in heavily congested areas and difficult terrain.
We are not planning on selling single Volocopters commercially. Rather, our goal is to offer a means of public transport (mobility service). Additionally, we plan to have joint ventures with reliable operational partners like e.g. Lufthansa. A ride with the Volocopter will be approximately the price of an Uber Black, but it will bring you from A to B much more conveniently than its competitors, as we fly directly.
Everybody hates being stuck in traffic, and so do we! Volocopter’s service offering addresses the impending traffic chaos in large cities. As there is limited space to expand roads, the solution is going up in the air. Think about London, New York, Tokyo, Mumbai, or Sao Paolo, the demand for mobility is increasing steadily on a global scale. Furthermore, Volocopter aircraft answer the demand for more environmentally conscious alternatives for travel. Volocopter can solve such problems quickly, as setting up the infrastructure takes just a few months and destinations can be reached directly.
We are pioneers in the space of eVTOLs and autonomous air taxis. When we completed our historic crewed flight of an electrically powered vertical take-off and landing aircraft (the VC1 in 2011) most people thought our idea of autonomous air taxis was nothing short of crazy. Since 2016, we have a preliminary license for piloted flight in Germany. We have flown autonomously, crewed, and remotely piloted. As a result, we have more than 1000 test flights and the corresponding lessons learned on our side. These years of experience give us the edge in testing compared to most other projects out there.
Another important aspect is our rigid commitment to the urban mission. We are building our VoloCitys so they can be the best aircraft on the market to get people from A to B inside the city— safely, quietly, and quickly. We are also the only UAM company with a portfolio of aircraft to launch multiple UAM operations – VoloDrones for goods, VoloCity and VoloConnect for people.
We are already cooperating with many partners for the ecosystem surrounding our Volocopter aircraft.
That being said, we are extremely excited about all the new projects popping up all over the world as they move the idea of an autonomous air taxi to the center of attention and helping the entire eVTOL industry
Volocopters are electrically powered and very stable in flight. Unlike a helicopter, Volocopter’s multicopter design has almost no moving parts, so it will be significantly lower in maintenance (i.e. for every 3 hours a helicopter operates, it requires 1 hour of maintenance). The only wearing parts are the bearings in the motors. Think of how often you replace the bearings in the wheels of your car – usually never in a lifetime!
It has a direct electrical engine and is much lighter and, therefore, more energy efficient. Finally, the Volocopter is much quieter in flight. Flying at 100 m altitude, the Volocopter will not be heard in the background of regular city noise.
The Volocopter flies almost daily at our headquarters in Southern Germany. We have performed public flights in Germany, Dubai, Las Vegas, Helsinki, Stuttgart, and Singapore. Those flights were crewed, remotely piloted, and autonomous. We expect commercial launch in the next 2-3 years. We have already announced our commitment to Singapore and Paris as first cities.