Lilium Jet successfully completed test flight

The electric taxi, with capacity to transport five passengers and which launch is scheduled for 2025, will not be autonomous but will be larger than its competitors

Lilium is the name of the company that has developed a flying electric taxi with capacity to transport five passengers. Futuristic as it may seem, the company has already satisfactorily completed tests that will allow the launch of Lilium Jet in 2025.

It is a strong competition between different companies to offer innovative ways of moving alternatives to conventional cars. The flying car is not a new idea; however, through Lilium it now seems more commercially feasible.

In 2017 the designing company offered its first prototype with the capacity to rise from the ground and now they return to action with a bigger model than their competitors. It is expected that after completing other tests is ready for the service of flying taxis from 2025.

Lilium has strong commercial support from the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Technical University of Munich. Likewise, since 2015 they have collected more than 100 million euros in financing from companies such as Tencent, Atómico, as well as investment funds such as LGT, Obvious Ventures and Freigeist.

The flying taxis are based on the vertical take-off and landing system (VTOL). According to the company, “Lilium Jet uses the same type of batteries as electric cars such as Tesla and its vehicle is designed to move in urban environments, but at a reasonable height.”

The cab of the vehicle is stylized and has two wings where 36 electric motors are located that move from one side to another in order to achieve vertical lift and then propel horizontally. Until now, the electric taxi has not managed to move horizontally. But as soon as that is achieved it could reach a maximum speed of 300 km / h.


Source: Xataka

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