The aviation industry is keen to reduce its carbon footprint, and big money is being spent developing battery-powered aircraft. Last year, investors poured around $5bn into companies seeking to get manned electric VTOLs – vertical take-off and landing craft – airborne. The technology is improving, but as the FT’s Charlotte Middlehurst reports, there are still major hurdles to overcome.
Look! Up in the sky! Not a bird … or a plane … it’s an eVTOL! An eVTOL (pronounced “ee-vee-tol”) is an electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft—and thousands of them could be flying above cities by 2030.
“Flying taxis will happen; it’s a question of ‘when,’ not ‘if’”
What new modes of air transportation will exist in 2030? Could eVTOLs replace cars by then? Will passenger aircraft be piloted or autonomous—or somewhere in between? McKinsey’s Kersten Heineke, Benedikt Kloss, and Robin Riedel imagine the future of advanced air mobility.