British automotive manufacturer Rolls-Royce are the latest company to join the flying taxi club with its new propulsion system, designed to lift vehicles straight up into the air – literally.
The design, aptly named the EVTOL (short for “electric vertical take-off and landing”), is for a flying taxi capable of carrying around 5 passengers, with a top speed of 250mph and a range of approximately 500 miles.
The EVTOL design will allow vehicles to take-off and land vertically, much like a helicopter. This will remove the need for long runways and landing strips meaning the vehicles could reach inner-city locations with no need for an airport. Powered by six, low-noise electric propulsors and wings that can rotate 90 degrees, the EVTOL would be a much more neighbourhood-friendly solution to flying small numbers of passengers from A to B.
Rolls-Royce stated the EVTOL could be in production as early as the mid-2020s, meaning we could be seeing flying taxis take over our towns and cities much sooner than we think.
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