The Munich startup Lilium unveiled Thursday its prototype five-seat electric taxi cab. The Lilium Jet, which made its first flight earlier this month, is part of an application-based flying taxi service that, according to the company, will be “fully operational in various cities around the world by 2025”.
Introducing the Lilium Jet. The world’s first all-electric, jet-powered five-seater air taxi.
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This battery-powered flying taxi can travel 300 kilometers in 60 minutes with a single charge, and connect cities through a network of airstrips. Passenger customers will be able to make reservations from the nearest landing pad using a smartphone app.
Lilium has not revealed how much its service will cost, but the company says it will be “comparable to the prices” of regular taxis.
Remo Gerber, the company’s chief commercial officer, told CNN Business that the service is for ordinary people and not just for affluent business travelers.
“Today, we are taking another step towards achieving urban air mobility. We dream of a world where everyone can fly where they want and when they want, “said Daniel Wiegand, co-founder and CEO of Lilium, in a statement.
By fulfilling this dream, the German company will compete with some of the biggest names in the industry, including the largest transport company in the world. Uber has decided to work in partnership with NASA to launch a network of flying taxis by 2023.
Other big names working on flying cars include Boeing (BA) and Rolls Royce (RYCEF).
Lilium, founded in 2015, says its taxis are capable of “much longer journeys than most of its competitors”.
Among the company’s top investors, who have collectively invested more than $ 100 million, are Atomico, the technology investment fund led by Niklas Zennström, the co-founder of Skype, and Tencent (TCEHY), giant Chinese technologies.
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