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This ‘All-Electric Air Taxi’ with 36 Engines on Its Flaps Could Make Urban Air Mobility a Reality

This ‘All-Electric Air Taxi’ with 36 Engines on Its Flaps Could Make Urban Air Mobility a Reality

This is the Lilium Jet, a five-seater, all-electric air taxi designed and manufactured by Munich, Germany-based Lilium GmbH. The Lilium Jet could connect urban and suburban areas, as well as cities as it has the ability to land in the most densely populated areas. It’s quiet, unlike a helicopter or a commercial jet, and has low vibrations, which ensures a smooth ride.

There are 36 electric jet engines mounted on the Lilium Jet’s wing flaps that tilt up for vertical takeoff and then shift forward for horizontal flight. It doesn’t have a tail, rudder, propellers, or a gearbox. Upon completion, the Lilium Jet will have a range of 186 miles (300 kilometers) and a top speed of 186 mph (300 km/hour).



Last year, Lilium’s unpiloted aircraft took off vertically and briefly hovered and then landed. This was a big accomplishment for Lilium, which reportedly anticipates launching an on-demand, fully-operational flying taxi service in multiple cities by 2025.

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