Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing Aircraft (eVTOL)

  • Introduction to eVTOL aircrafts
  • Companies producing eVTOL aircrafts
  • Companies that have already ordered eVTOL aircrafts for there fleet

eVTOL stands for Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing aircraft, which have the power to hover, take off and land vertically. Due to major advancements in electric propulsion, eVTOLs are being developed by Boeing, Airbus, and NASA. There are designs already available that do not use conventional wings such as the Volocopter 2X. The eVTOL concept came about in 2011 and was officially introduced by AHS International and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Airbus has introduced their version of an eVTOL in the form of the Airbus A3 Vahana as well as Boeing’s Aurora Flight Sciences PAV. 

Many eVTOL manufacturing companies are preparing to use a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) to list on a stock exchange such as the companies Archer, Joby, Lilium, and Vertical. In June 2021, Vertical Aerospace announced 1,000 pre orders of eVTOLs from various aircraft operating companies. The main use for eVTOLs is to be used for small distance travel such as across town, not across the country. This will avoid traffic and have the ability to land basically anywhere with the vertical landing system. The United States Air Force has funded $25 million worth of eVTOL projects and have held demonstrations of eVTOL flights and landings. 

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