Rolls-Royce presented the EVTOL concept (Electric Vertical Take Off and Landing) which can carry four to five passengers
THE flying taxis of Airbus and Uber could face a new competitor, even if not completely unexpected. After Audi, Rolls-Royce also presented the EVTOL concept (Electric Vertical Take Off and Landing) che can carry four to five passengers at virtually any fairly large landing point thanks to wings that can rotate 90 degrees. Not would be purely electric, despite the name (gas turbines would produce the 500kW of power needed for six propellers), but it would be silent when transporting people up to a distance of 500 miles at a maximum speed of about 400 km then. Its propellers could also bend, once the cruising altitude is reached, to avoid annoying the passengers or the people below.
The hybrid Rolls-Royce-powered flying taxi
The approach of hybrid thruster may not be the most environmentally friendly, but Rolls-Royce intends to use it for the advantages in terms of driving range and time needed for recharging. With an energy storage battery, it would only be necessary to power the turbine to return to the air. This aspect is potentially important for any commuter services that may require take-off times measured in minutes instead of hours. In short, the hybrid makes the drone taxi usable in different situations and also in professional operational contexts.
Rolls-Royce steering wheel taxi, design
The design focuses on "personal air mobility" for congested cities and could be used for both flying taxis and private transport for the rich (there is talk of Rolls-Royce, after all). However, a concept that is flexible enough to allow the company to position it in a useful way also as cargo and for military purposes.
At the moment there is nothing to see, besides 3D renderings, and Rolls-Royce has not listed any potential customers. However, it is plausible that we will not have to wait too long to see it in action. The company pointed out that the EVTOL cecept is based on an already existing technology, or in the intermediate development phase, that will allow it to fly in the early 20s.
Airbus's small-scale approach may be more effective for denser urban areas and Uber has aerospace heavyweights on its side, such as Bell and Embraer. Rolls-Royce should be very convincing with partners and with its pitches to be able to effectively make the project a reality in a short time in an economically sustainable way.