Rolls-Royce unveils flying taxi at Farnborough Airshow


Flying the taxi, a propulsion system by British engine maker Rolls-Royce revealed plans to manufacture a hybrid electric vehicle, dubbed the “flying taxi”, which takes off and lands vertically and could be in the air in next five years.

 Its prototype to be ready in next 18 months Rolls said it hoped to manufacture a prototype version of its electric vertical take-off and landing (EVTOL) vehicle within the next 18 months, and could potentially take to the skies in the early 2020s.

With Topping speed of 200 mph, Rolls-Royce EVTOL plane will seat four or five people, with a flying range of 500 miles (805 kilometres) and a top speed of 200 miles per hour

It will use a traditional gas turbine engine, the hybrid vehicle, which has so far cost single-digit millions of pounds to develop, will use a traditional gas turbine engine with an electrical system wrapped around it. Rolls-Royce is also researching an all-electric product but that is not as advanced as the EVTOL offering.

Others companies are also in the flying taxi race Other companies researching the sector include US taxi-hailing company Uber, the Google-backed Kitty Hawk project, Lilium Aviation in Germany, Safran in France, and Honeywell in the United States.
The aerospace sector’s push into electric propulsion has drawn comparisons with the automotive industry, where electric cars are gaining ground in terms of popularity and performance.


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