Paris/Bruchsal, 3 February 2023 – Volocopter, the pioneer of urban air mobility, has won the 2023 Franco-German Business Award (Le Prix Franco-Allemand de L´Economie). The winner of the accolade was selected by a distinguished jury and presented by Marie Guillemot, Chairwoman and CEO of KPMG France.
The awards ceremony was held on 2 February 2023 in Paris on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Élysée Treaty. Key figures attended the ceremony, including Jean-Noël Barrot, French Minister for Digital Transition and Telecommunications; the German Federal Minister of Digital Affairs and Transport; German Ambassador to France Hans-Dieter Lukas; and upwards of 200 business, politics, and culture representatives.
Volocopter develops electrically powered air taxis that are set to transform urban transportation with a supplementary form of mobility. The company is working closely with Paris Airports and the city’s public transportation authority (RATP) to bring commercial air taxi services to the French capital by 2024. The Bruchsal-based company recently presented this promising collaboration between these two neighboring countries to French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz during the celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of the Élysée Treaty.
The French-German Business Award is bestowed every two years by the French-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry to celebrate exceptional collaborations and extraordinary individuals working across these two nations. The Award is under the auspices of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, and the French Ministry of Economics, Finance, and Industrial and Digital Sovereignty.
Volocopter brings urban air mobility (UAM) to megacities worldwide. We aim to improve the quality of life for people in cities by offering a fantastic new mode of transportation. For that, we create sustainable and scalable UAM ecosystems with partners in infrastructure and operations.
Volocopter’s family of eVTOL aircraft will offer passengers (VoloCity and VoloRegion) and goods (VoloDrone) swift, secure, and emission-free connections to their destinations, supported by VoloIQ, the UAM ecosystem’s software platform that serves as its digital backbone for safe and efficient operations.
As a pioneer in the UAM industry, Volocopter will launch commercial services within the next few years. Founded in 2011, the company employs more than 500 people in Germany and Singapore, has completed over 1,500 successful public and private test flights, and has diverse investors, including Geely, NEOM, Mercedes-Benz Group, Intel Capital, and BlackRock. www.volocopter.com