Flying car mostly is a very popular theme in fantasy and science fiction stories. Previously, the flying car was the common feature of conceptions of the future. But, now, it will soon cover the sky in real. This week, Germany-based company Lilium Aviation tested its new all-electric flying car.
The company has successfully tested flight of its all-electric, two-seater, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) prototype. Its operator says first manned flight is close-at-hand.
This flying car that the german company developed consists 36 separate jet engines mounted on its 10-meter long wings via 12 movable flaps. Whenever the car takes off, its flip points downwards and provide vertical lift. And whenever the car tilts horizontal lift, it provides forward thrust.
The battery embedded inside it consumes almost 90% less energy than traditional drone-style aircraft. Thus, it allows the car to achieve a range of 300 kilometers (183 miles) with a maximum cruising speed of 300 kph (183 mph).
Patrick Nathen, co-founder of Lilium Jet said, “In many ways, electric-powered aviation is still in its infancy. Electric cars with thousand-pound batteries generally max out at 300 miles per charge. The most sophisticated electric aircraft today can barely muster an hour aloft at 99 mph — and that’s without vertical take-off and landing. But, the battery in this flying car will get the job done.”
“It’s the same battery that you can find in any Tesla. The concept is that we are lifting with our wings as soon as we progress into the air with velocity, which makes our airplane very efficient. Compared to other flights, we have extremely low power consumption.”
The company is now working to have its aircraft piloted autonomously, that determine using human pilots in the meantime.
Nathen said, “There will be parachutes on board, and something called the “Flight Envelope Protection System” will prevent the pilot from performing maneuvers or flying the aircraft beyond safe flight parameters.”
Nathen said, “The startup plans to build a five-passenger version of the jet eventually, Currently, our product being used in an on-demand capacity in dense, urban areas — the Uber of flying cars.”
“This jet and virtually all other innovative vehicles in development right now will run on renewable. This is more than a trend it is simply the way of the future. Tesla vehicles will soon be as affordable as standard vehicles, and their semi trucks and pickups are on the way. This kind of electric-powered aircraft is the next step in truly getting clean energy off the ground while leaving fossil fuels in it,” said Nathan.