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Vertical Aerospace, a UK aviation start-up, has unveiled the designs for the VA-1X, the world’s first certified electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft, which is scheduled to take flight in 2024.

According to Globetrender, the emission-free aircraft, with room for four passengers, luggage, and a pilot, can reach cruising speeds of 150 mph, and a flying range of up to 100 miles, meaning it can serve London to Brighton in 30 minutes.

The company aims to create an affordable and environmentally friendly alternative to helicopters, particularly for airport transfers, potentially causing a revolution within the luxury travel and transportation sector.

Vertical Aerospace says that the entry-level price point for commercial flights is “expected to be between a helicopter flight and a private car and will decrease as adoption grows.”

As well as being cost-effective and sustainable, the flying taxis will be certified to meet commercial airline standards, and be 30-times quieter than a helicopter, due to the electric propulsion system and the large open rotors.

The 15-metre wingspan means the VA-X1 can take off and land from existing helipads, allowing for a smooth transition between the two means of transportation.

Bristol-based Vertical Aerospace is the first company to implement Formula One technology into the eVTOL aircraft, helping reduce the weight of the aircraft and weave in tech-inspired by racing cars’ electric motors. The firm is one of only a small handful of companies that have experience flying multiple eVTOL prototypes.

Manufacturing of the VA-X1 will take place in the UK with prototype production and flight trails to start in 2021 and commercial production starting in 2023/2024 for certification in 2024 and service starting shortly thereafter.

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