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eVTOL : To Launch e-flying Taxis In Bengaluru

eVTOL: To Launch e-flying Taxis In Bengaluru

Indian Institute of Technology, Madras-incubated ePlane Company is expected to launch its e-flying taxis in Bengaluru this year but the Indian government has yet to establish clear policies regarding eVTOL flying taxis.

  • An electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft is one that uses electric power to hover, take off and land vertically.
  • It is one of the newer technologies and developments in the aerospace industry.
  • It is a low-altitude urban air mobility aircraft capable of carrying only a few passengers- six-seaters and eight-seaters.
  • Most eVTOLs use distributed electric propulsion technology which means integrating a complex propulsion system with the airframe.
  • There are multiple motors for various functions; to increase efficiency; and to also ensure safety.
  • This is a technology that has grown on account of successes in electric propulsion based on progress in motor, battery, fuel cell and electronic controller technologies and also fuelled by the need for new vehicle technology that ensures Urban Air Mobility (UAM).
  • Applications: Air Taxi, Delivery, Medical assistance (EMS), Cargo Transport, Recreation.