Boeing Is One Step Closer To Electric Air Taxis — Successful Passenger Air Vehicle Test Flight

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Boeing and Airbus are waging a serious war in the personal air transportation industry that is budding. Boeing just completed its first successful take-off and landing with its electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) air taxi. It also calls this aircraft a “personal air vehicle,” or PAV.

Boeing eVTOL Air Taxi — “PAV”

Boeing eVTOL Air Taxi

Boeing’s PAV prototype succeeded in attempting a controlled takeoff, hover, and landing during the test conducted in Manassas, Virginia, USA. It also tested the vehicle’s autonomous functions and ground control systems.

Boeing NeXt is the company’s urban air mobility efforts. It used a Boeing subsidiary, Aurora Flight Sciences, to design and develop the high-speed electric VTOL aircraft.

Bell Nexus eVTOL Air Taxi

About the same size as the Bell Nexus we covered at CES, the Boeing autonomous PAV should have a smaller range of 50 miles (80.5 kilometers) and measure 30 feet (9.14 meters) long by 28 feet (8.53 meters) wide, according to the company (h/t MarketWatch). The airframe integrates the propulsion and wing systems to achieve efficient hover and forward flight.

Boeing eVTOL Air Taxi

According to Boeing Chief Technology Officer Greg Hyslop:

“In one year, we have progressed from a conceptual design to a flying prototype. Boeing’s expertise and innovation have been critical in developing aviation as the world’s safest and most efficient form of transportation, and we will continue to lead with a safe, innovative and responsible approach to new mobility solutions.”

Boeing eVTOL Air Taxi Portfolio

Boeing isn’t stopping here and says it has plans for an unmanned electric cargo air vehicle, which it logically calls a CAV. The CAV will transport up to 500 lb (226.80 kilos). The CAV completed its first indoor flight last year and will transition to outdoor flight testing in 2019.

The company hints at other urban, regional, and global mobility platforms down the pipeline as well.

Boeing Acquiring The Aurora Flight Sciences

See our electric aircraft archives for more electric fun in the air.


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Nicolas Zart

Nicolas was born and raised around classic cars of the 1920s, but it wasn't until he drove an AC Propulsion eBox and a Tesla Roadster that the light went on. Ever since he has produced green mobility content on various CleanTech outlets since 2007 and found his home on CleanTechnica. He grew up in an international environment and his communication passion led to cover electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles, renewable energy, test drives, podcasts, shoot pictures, and film for various international outlets in print and online. Nicolas offers an in-depth look at the e-mobility world through interviews and the many contacts he has forged in those industries. His favorite taglines are: "There are more solutions than obstacles." and "Yesterday's Future Now"

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