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NASA To Provide $6 Million For Electric Aircraft Research At Univ. Of Illinois

May 21st, 2019 | by Jake Richardson

NASA will pay $6 million dollars over the next three years to support electric aircraft research at the University of Illinois. The NASA-backed program is called CHEETA -- the Center for Cryogenic High-Efficiency Electrical Technologies for Aircraft. Phillip Ansell, a principal investigator for the project, and an assistant professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Urbana-Champaign, answered some questions about the work for CleanTechnica


Is Big Auto Betting On Flying Cars?

May 10th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

The 21st century is already two decades old. Dude, why do we still not have flying cars? Pragmatic souls might reply that, since the heyday of 1950s science fiction, we’ve come to realize that flying cars aren’t particularly practical or particularly necessary, and that we might do better to solve the problems created by the earthbound variety before creating new frontiers for traffic jams and road rage


Electric Air Taxi Startup Lilium Snatches Top CFO From Uniper

May 7th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

Our urban air mobility (UAM) future is developing steadily as technology and key figures find their place at the right companies. Co-founded in 2015 by four visionary founders, Daniel Wiegand (CEO), Sebastian Born, Matthias Meiner, and Patrick Nathen, Lilium has been a key early electric air mobility player


eHang Shows Dazzled Public Its Autonomous eVTOL Aircraft

April 28th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

eHang has come a long way (pun withheld) since we first covered the company, and it is showing prospective clients what an electric vertical take-off & landing (eVTOL) autonomous aircraft looks like — the EHang 216 Autonomous Aerial Vehicle (AAV). eHang just showed off the eVTOL aircraft at the General Arena in Vienna as part of the 4GAMECHANGERS Festival


When Airplanes Are Designed To Be Energy Agnostic, You Know Electricity Is Banging At The Door

April 20th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

The amount of breakthroughs and progress electric aviation has made this past decade are awe inspiring. We've got news practically every day of electric airplanes (e-planes) and electric vertical takeoff & landing (eVTOL) aircraft under development, planned for market, or already arriving. When you look back to long-off dreams of electric VTOL aircraft back in the '90s, today's reality is astounding


Air Race E (Electric Airplane Race) Launching In 2020

April 13th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

What a wild first year it's been for the highly entertaining electric Air Race E, which is gearing up for its first year of races — targeted for 2020. My last conversation with Jeff Zaltman, Air Race E's CEO, showed me that the group is about as dynamic as its airplanes maneuvering in the sky


Will eVTOL Aircraft Pollute More Or Less Than Road Cars In The Coming Urban Mobility Future?

April 13th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

We recently published an article stating that some scientists and entrepreneurs favor the idea of urban air mobility (UAM) since it could have less environmental impact than our current road-going vehicles. But data and statistics can be applied in many ways, and how we see given phenomena determines how we use them, deal with them, and benefit (or not) from them. This time it's the University of Michigan and Ford — mild surprise regarding the latter — that contest the idea of cleaner eVTOL aircraft


Dassault Systemes 3DEXPERIENCE Lab — A Virtual Incubator Cutting Down On Costs, Time, & Carbon Footprint

April 11th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

Eco rockets, mobility electric chairs, 3D foot simulation, and more, are possible in a virtual lab that cuts down on development time, lowers carbon footprint, and saves on prototyping. This is the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab from Dassault Systemes. So far, the results have been very positive with less waste, less pollution, and a quicker development timeframe


Uber Elevate: Will Be Same Cents Per Mile In Air As On Roads

April 10th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

Uber Elevate means business when it comes to electric vertical take-off & landing (eVTOL) urban air mobility (UAM) solutions. Recently, Uber Elevate quoted that eVTOL air miles would cost the same as what Uber charges on the road. And with Airbus UAM's outlook that the market will be around $50 billion by 2030, the company surely wants to make sure it is part of the equation



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