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Porsche & Boeing Sign An Agreement To Work On “Premium” eVTOL Aircraft

October 18th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

Some big news this week is that Boeing and Porsche have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to look into the "premium" electric vertical takeoff & landing (eVTOL) aircraft market. Porsche says it wants to design a premium eVTOL aircraft and Boeing has aerodynamic expertise — hence the connection. The news introduces a few key turning points with both automakers and aviation. Both of these companies are established players and are feeling the media heat from aviation and road vehicle startups. I’m excited because I've been waiting for the convergence of road and air for the past three years


eHang Wants To Start An eVTOL Service In Guangzhou Soon

August 13th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

China knows no speed limit when it comes to technological advance. Local e-mobility startup eHang is pushing boundaries in the electric vertical take-off & landing (eVTOL) aircraft market and is now promising an air taxi service in Guangzhou, China. I look forward to testing that service on my next trip to Guangzhou


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



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