Los Angeles-As more and more investors and airlines pour into the hot but yet unapproved urban air transportation sector, Archer Aviation launched its first electric flying taxi in a Tesla-style debut on Thursday “Maker”.
As aerospace companies look for new markets and face pressure to help their industry decarbonize with battery-powered vehicles, interest in zero-emission airplanes that take off and land like helicopters but fly like airplanes is growing.
Maker’s first appearance was staged in a hangar that uses XR technology to simulate flight. It was reported on Thursday that two separate transactions involved British and Brazilian electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft companies.
Archer’s aircraft has not yet been flown commercially, but it has carried out a luxury under the leadership of Kenny Taht, a new chief creative officer with decades of experience in experience design and television production. Performance to attract people’s attention.
Co-founder and co-CEO Brett Adcock told Reuters that Archer expects Maker to have commercial launches in Los Angeles and Miami in 2024, and is working with the Federal Aviation Administration on a pilotable The four-seater aircraft is certified.
“Our real goal is to create mass market transportation solutions inside and outside the city,” Adcock said.
Taxis can fly at 150 miles per hour (240 kilometers per hour), up to 60 miles (100 kilometers), and entry-level prices range from US$3 to US$4 per passenger mile.
For example, in New York City, a 17-mile journey from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Manhattan would cost 50 to 70 dollars, which would take about 5 to 7 minutes, while the drive would take 60 to 90 minutes.
Although experts estimate that the eVTOL market is worth billions of dollars in the next ten years, it is not expected to be profitable immediately, and the timing of regulatory approval is still uncertain.
When asked about the approval process, the FAA stated: “The FAA can certify new technologies such as eVTOL through its existing regulations. We may issue special conditions or additional requirements based on the type of project.”
As the market heats up, so does competition.
Archer is currently embroiled in a legal battle with Boeing-backed competitor Wisk Aero, which accused it of stealing trade secrets and infringing on its patents.
Archer asked the California court last week to dismiss the lawsuit and file a “false statement” with Wisk in connection with a separate criminal investigation.