- With a range of 100 kilometers, the multicopter can go much further than the VoloCity
- Technical data of the VoloConnect
- Picture gallery: VoloConnect (2021)
With a range of 100 kilometers, the multicopter can go much further than the VoloCity
The Volocopter GmbH in Bruchsal presents its newest electric aircraft, the VoloConnect. The manufacturer calls what one might think of a helicopter as an electric whiz kid (eVTOL).
The thing was designed for flights between suburbs and downtown.
As a four-seater with a range of 100 kilometers, the VoloConnect complements the Volocopter range at the top. So far, Volocopter has mainly had the VoloDrone (an autonomously flying drone with a wingspan of 9.2 meters) and the VoloCity. The latter is only two-seater and has a range of just 35 kilometers.
The VoloConnect on the other hand, as mentioned, offers space for up to four people and has a range of 100 kilometers. The cross between a helicopter and an airplane has six hub rotors that lift the VoloConnect vertically into the air when it takes off. Two thrust propellers that make it up to 180 km / h. Like take-off, landing is also vertical – which makes long take-off and landing runways superfluous.
The VoloConnect should receive approval within the next five years, according to Volocopter. This should mean the EU approval, because the VoloConnect should start commercial operation in Singapore as early as 2023. In return, 1,000 reservations have already been made for 15-minute tourist flights.
The strengths of the VoloConnect include the compact layout (important for use in the city) and a low stall speed. The Munich-based team of experts, headed by Sebastian Mores, is currently testing small prototypes and plans to test a full-size prototype soon.
Technical data of the VoloConnect
- Seats: 4
- Hub motors and rotors: 6
- Thrust propeller: 2
- Chassis: retractable
- Maximum speed: 250 km / h
- Cruising speed: 180 km / h
- Range: 100 km (with today's battery technology)
Volocopter's donors include companies such as Daimler AG and Geely as well as the logistics company DB Schenker.
The Volocopter VC200 followed in 2013 with no fewer than 18 rotors and was already a real helicopter with a two-seater cabin. The same goes for the VoloCity. In 2019, Volocopter announced that it would take Frankfurt Airport with such a two-seater air taxi to the city want to connect. Similar plans are being made for Paris, Singapore and various US cities.
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Picture gallery: VoloConnect (2021)
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