The Lilium Jet – Five Seater All-Electric Air Taxi (Flying Car)
In 2017 Lilium, a Germany based aeronautic startup company revealed something, the world had never seen before, a two-seater, all-electric, jet-powered vertical take-off and landing air taxi (flying car). Now, they have taken it to the next level with the maiden flight of their five-seater prototype. The Lilium Jet is a big step towards making urban air mobility a reality.
Flying cars, that perennial dream for futurists that always seem to be at least five-ten years away, may be a little closer to reality than we realize. A lot of prototypes have been showcased recently, and a lot of money is being tossed around. More people than ever seem to buy into the crazy notion that in the near future we’ll be buzzing between rooftops in private, autonomous drones.
Munich-based Lilium Aviation announced an important milestone: the first test flight of its all-electric, five-seater, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) prototype. In a video provided by the Munich-based startup, the aircraft can be seen taking off vertically like a helicopter, and then accelerating into forward flight using wing-borne lift.
The Lilium Flying Car Specs
The craft is powered by 36 separate jet engines mounted on its 10-meter long wings via 12 movable flaps. At take-off, the flaps are pointed downwards to provide vertical lift. And once airborne, the flaps gradually tilt into a horizontal position, providing forward thrust. During the tests, the jet was piloted remotely, but its operators say their first manned flight is close-at-hand. And Lilium claims that its electric battery “consumes around 90 percent less energy than drone-style aircraft,” enabling the aircraft to achieve a range of 300 kilometers (183 miles) with a maximum cruising speed of 300 kph (183 mph).
Checkout the maiden flight of Lilium five-seater prototype