German startup expects to launch an electric flying taxi service by 2025

German startup expects to launch an electric flying taxi service by 2025

A German startup Lilium unveiled its five-seater electric air taxi prototype on Thursday. The Lilium Jet, which conducted its first flight earlier this month, is part of a flying taxi service that the company expects will be ’fully-operational in various cities around the world by 2025’. The battery-powered jet is capable of traveling 300 kilometers (186 miles) in 60 minutes on a single charge.

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Bashful Rambler
Bashful Rambler 1 year

What do you guys think? Will this actually be commercially available in 2025? Or is this going to get lost in laws and regulations associated with safety?

Midgetelf
Midgetelf 1 year

And I predict I'll be a billionaire in 2025. See this is easy. FFS, cab companies can't even afford to upkeep their own fleet of cars. They're torn up, and smell like a cat peed on a bum's puke, but they can totally afford flying cars.

Von Mueller
Von Mueller 1 year

lol unless they invented some new form of battery, this isn't going to be profitable

GG WP
GG WP 1 year

This will probably be available as a novelty in some metropolitan areas well within the next decade. As to when this might be broadly available to the general public for practical purposes, that's quite difficult to speculate on. As already pointed out, the technology may be there but commercial viability and legality of the whole enterprise is something that might take far more work that envisioned by industry innovators.

I Am Grug
I Am Grug 1 year

I don’t trust that

Brian of Life
Brian of Life 1 year

If the taxis that we have now are anything to go by, I'd rather we didn't have those types of drivers flying over my house.

Patrick Henry
Patrick Henry 1 year

Here come the Jetsons! Probably will be more like 2030 though.

MrVairhein
MrVairhein 1 year

heres boy Elroy!

Tachyon
Tachyon 1 year

The quality of journalism today is depressing. Even Reuters has dropped the ball by including this nonsense in its article. "...Lifting off from a standing start uses only a tenth of the energy of a traditional runway take-off, so that even with today’s battery technology it can fly up to 300 km..." This is complete physics defying nonsense. Either they got that completely backwards or they meant to say something like it may take one tenth of the runway space.

Ywacch
Ywacch 1 year

Helicopter

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