EBACE Connect 2021 novelties: Volocopter unveiled its newest aircraft capable to travel longer distances.
Volocopter’s new urban air mobility aircraft is designed for connecting suburbs to cities.
This electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOL) is designed to connect suburbs to cities and complements the company’s existing family of aircraft for the intra-city mission. VoloConnect’s distinctive hybrid lift
and push design is expected to achieve certification within the next 5 years.
VoloConnect carries on Volocopter’s track record of developing high-tech, electric aircraft for the urban mission.
VoloConnect uses a hybrid lift and push design to transport up to four passengers electrically on routes of 100 km at
a speed of 180 km/h, with a top speed of ~250 km/h. The compact aircraft layout, necessary for urban missions, is
naturally stable and highly efficient during forward flight while maintaining a low stall speed. Volocopter’s Munich-
based team of experts, led by Chief Engineer Sebastian Mores, have been working on the aircraft for over two
years and filed several patents for its technology. They are already flying multiple scaled prototypes of VoloConnect
and are quickly progressing towards testing full scale prototypes.
With the capacity to travel longer distances, VoloConnect joins Volocopter’s aircraft family and extends the company’s UAM ecosystem coverage to the suburbs. The new aircraft will be seamlessly integrated into Volocopter’s existing portfolio of urban air mobility ecosystem solutions: VoloDrone, VoloCity, VoloPort, and the digital platform, VoloIQ.
“VoloConnect embodies the next dimension of our mission to offer affordable, efficient, and sustainable flight mobility solutions for cities around the globe. Leveraging customer insights from our existing VoloCity and VoloDrone, VoloConnect’s capacity to support longer missions and higher payloads serves another strong growing market demand,” says Florian Reuter, Volocopter CEO. “We are confident that this aircraft family, and the years of experience and leading innovation on which it’s founded, will pioneer the way for electric UAM services to launch commercially and internationally.”
Volocopter takes a holistic approach to UAM by developing a full ecosystem that connects the necessary components to offer electric flight in cities. This ecosystem includes partnerships with global leaders such as Aéroports de Paris, Microsoft Azure, Lufthansa Industry Solutions, and many more. Additionally, Volocopter is the only eVTOL developer with a product portfolio of multicopter and fixed wing designs that can be used for passenger and cargo transportation.