Published: Sat, April 22, 2017
Money | By Oscar Reynolds

Startup Lilium Runs Successful Tests Of All-Electric Flying Car In Germany

Startup Lilium Runs Successful Tests Of All-Electric Flying Car In Germany

The jet was piloted remotely during the tests, but its creators say the vehicle's first manned flight will happen soon.

The Lilium jet is powered by electricity, and is predicted to be as easy to order as an Uber.

It is unique in combining the benefits of VTOL offered by helicopters and drones, with the speed and range of a jet aircraft.

Flying cars might just take the cake as the most overused symbol of an idealized future - one that always seems vague and far off.

Lilium co-founder and CEO Daniel Wiegand is excited by the breakthrough, and said: "Seeing the Lilium Jet take to the sky and performing sophisticated maneuvers with apparent ease is testament to the skill and perseverance of our unbelievable team".

Lilium's CEO Daniel Wiegand said the company had solved some of the "toughest engineering challenges in aviation" with the design. Still, its successful test flights and backing from the European Space Agency give us hope that a production version will eventually make its way to market. It's powered by 36 electric engines and maneuvers through the air using 12 flaps on its wings. Once the aircraft has reached the proper height, it slowly tilts its flaps to a horizontal position, at which point the craft can move forward.

The startup is now developing a five-seat model of the Jet for on-demand air taxi and ride-hailing services.

The Lilium Jet's power cells are created to continue delivering sufficient power for continued flight and a safe landing in the unlikely event that part of the battery configuration fails.

Startup Lilium tests all-electric flying vehicle, Lilium Jet.

A travel by the jet from Manhattan to New York's JFK Airport could take around five minutes compared to 55 minutes journey by a auto.

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