German start-up Lilium, which is developing electric air taxi, announced plans to build an airport for electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) in the United States by 2025.
The local development company Tavistock Development will act as a partner of the German company in the project for the construction of the so-called “vertiport” worth $ 25 million. Lilium on Wednesday signed an agreement with Orlando, Florida, to build a “vertiport” near Orlando International Airport in the Lake Nona Regen area. The new transport hub will be located on a 0.5 hectare site.
Lilium’s ultimate goal is to roll out an air taxi network across cities with a vehicle calling app similar to Uber. The company’s chief operating officer, Remo Gerber, told The Verge that the plan is to create a service that allows passengers to fly to nearby cities in a much shorter time than driving. According to him, the flight from Orlando to Tampa will take half an hour, while by car it will take 1-1.5 hours.
The company claims its Lilium Jet, a five-seat electric jet, which debuted last year, will reach speeds of up to 300 km / h. Last year, during a demonstration flight, the prototype of the electric plane managed to reach a speed of 100 km / h. The flight range of Lilium Jet from one battery charge will be up to 300 km.
Lilium said it has developed a range of modular vertiport designs that can also be integrated into existing infrastructure.
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