Los Angeles, USA, 17 November 2021 – Volocopter, the pioneer of urban air mobility (UAM), showcased its 100% electric VoloCity air taxi today at CoMotion LA, the three-day conference that is bringing together global leaders in emerging mobility. Those attending CoMotion LA can interact with the aircraft up close and learn how UAM can improve city life around the world. One important success factor for future UAM operations is public acceptance, and Volocopter’s campaign in the American market emphasizes just that. The VoloCity will also be featured as a digital flight experience in the upcoming Microsoft Flight Simulator.
Volocopter introduces a bold new frontier of mobility at CoMotion LA: urban air mobility. UAM is a specific niche of aviation focused on mobility in urban airspaces. With a keynote presentation from Volocopter’s Chief Commercial Officer, Christian Bauer, and the interactive static VoloCity air taxi model onsite, the company offers the US a second opportunity to experience its aircraft in person and learn more about its future services.
Earlier this year, Volocopter announced its partnership with Urban Movement Labs (UML), a nonprofit organization facilitating the deployment of new mobility technologies in Los Angeles. Volocopter is working with UML to network with key interest groups on the federal and city levels. This collaboration opens the door for discussions between Volocopter and local entities interested in launching UAM services in the future.
In January of this year, Volocopter announced its intention to bring air taxis to US cities. In July, Volocopter conducted the first-ever crewed public test flight of a fully electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) air taxi in the US. Soon, people in LA and worldwide will also be able to experience virtual flights in the VoloCity in the newest release of Microsoft Flight Simulator (MSFS). In a partnership with the MSFS team, Volocopter’s VoloCity will be the first rotor-based vehicle in MSFS.
Volocopter is developing a family of electric aircraft for UAM services: the VoloCity air taxi for short urban passenger routes, the VoloDrone for heavy-lift transport, and the VoloConnect for suburban-downtown connections. With their respective physical (VoloPort) and digital (VoloIQ) infrastructures, Volocopter aims to create UAM ecosystems that complement existing urban transportation systems in the next 2-3 years. When final certification from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is granted, concurrent certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) would enable Volocopter to bring its services to the US.
Volocopter is building the world’s first sustainable and scalable urban air mobility business to bring affordable air taxi services to megacities worldwide. With the VoloCity, the company is developing the first fully electric “eVTOL” aircraft in certification to transport passengers safely and quietly within cities. Volocopter leads and cooperates with partners in infrastructure, operations, and air traffic management to build the ecosystem necessary to ‘Bring Urban Air Mobility to Life’. In 2011, Volocopter performed the first-ever crewed flight of a purely electric multicopter and has since showcased numerous public flights with its full-scale aircraft. The most notable have been the public test flights at Singapore’s Marina Bay in October 2019 and the world’s first autonomous eVTOL flight in Dubai 2017. Volocopter is also developing products for the logistics space with their heavy-lift cargo variant, the VoloDrone. Founded in 2011 by Stephan Wolf and Alexander Zosel, Volocopter has 400 employees in offices in Bruchsal, Munich, and Singapore. The company has raised a total of €322 million in equity. Volocopter‘s investors include Daimler, Geely, DB Schenker, BlackRock, and Intel Capital amongst others.
Find out more at: www.volocopter.com
About Urban Movement Labs
Urban Movement Labs is a mobility-innovation organization that links government, businesses, and community members to modern technology solutions to help solve transportation challenges in the City of Los Angeles. With the support of Los Angeles’ Mayor’s Office, Urban Movement Labs aims to make Los Angeles the model city for safe, sustainable, equitable, and efficient movement of people and goods and replicate these learnings around the world.
For more details, please visit: https://www.urbanmovementlabs.com/ Twitter: @UrbanMvmtLab
CoMotion is a global platform where leaders of the most innovative transportation and technology companies around the world meet with urban policymakers to share ideas, do business and plan the new mobility future. CoMotion organizes exclusive world-class events such as CoMotion LIVE, CoMotion LA and CoMotion MIAMI, and is the new mobility industry’s premiere source for news, insights, and analysis. For more information on this year’s LA event, visit www.comotionla.com.