Airbus is moving further into the Urban Air Mobility market with the new CityAirbus NextGen eVTOL (electric Vertical TakeOff and landing) vehicle, designed to carry up to four passengers.
The recently introduced demonstrator of the eVTOL vehicle features fixed wings, a V-shaped tail with a horizontal stabilizer, and a lightweight carbon fiber composite fuselage. Batteries power the eight propellers and eight electric motors. The unique design has no tilting parts and lighter weight components, increasing safety when compared with traditional aircraft. The CityAirbus NextGen meets the highest certification standards in the EASA SC-VTOL Enhanced Category.
The CityAirbus has a range of 80 km and will reach a cruise speed of up to 120 km/h. Sound levels are below 65 dB(A) during fly-over and below 70 dB(A) during landing.
In creating the CityAirbus, Airbus is relying on many years of research on two eVTOL demonstrators and decades of experience in aircraft design.
“We are on a quest to co-create an entirely new market that sustainably integrates urban air mobility into the cities while addressing environmental and social concerns. Airbus is convinced that the real challenges are as much about urban integration, public acceptance, and automated air traffic management, as about vehicle technology and business models. We build on all of the capabilities to deliver a safe, sustainable, and fully integrated service to society,” said Bruno Even, Airbus Helicopters CEO.
The first flight of the prototype CityAirbus NextGen is planned for 2023. The first commercial flights will be piloted to allow more rapid entry to markets before regulations are adapted for large autonomous vehicles. Planned uses of the eVTOL include fixed routes between busy, essential transit hubs.