The British engine maker Rolls-Royce revealed this week its plan to develop a hybrid electric vehicle, called “flying taxi”, which takes off and lands vertically and could be airborne within five years.
The London-based aerospace giant, based in Derby in central England, has for the first time presented the plans for the Farnborough Air Show, while other players have also entered the market segment.
Rolls said it hopes to build a prototype version of its EVTOL over the next 18 months, and could potentially take off early in 2020.
The Rolls-Royce EVTOL aircraft will accommodate four or five people, with a flight range of 500 miles (805 kilometers) and a top speed of 200 miles per hour.
The company aims to adapt the design to personal transport, public transport, logistics and military applications.
The EVTOL is built with the Rolls-Royce M250 gasoline engine. The vehicle concept used the turbines to generate electricity for six electric thrusters. This means that, in its current design, the vehicle would not require recharging, as the batteries would be powered by the M250 turbines.
Source: Rolls Royce