The German city of Stuttgart has witnessed the first European urban flight of the Volocopter – a manned and fully electric VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) vehicle.
The flight was the highlight of two-day event “Vision Smart City – Experience future mobility today” which took part at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart.
The Volocopter has previously flown in Dubai.
Florian Reuter, CEO of Volocopter GmbH. says: “Our Volocopter air taxis open up a completely new dimension in urban mobility. As Stuttgart has seen today, they fly safely, quietly and are fast approching the implementation stage. Volocopter air taxis are able to ease traffic congestion in major cities around the world, also here in Germany.”
Ola Källenius, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars adds: “Our partner Volocopter shows how an air taxi is turning the dream of driving into the dream of flying. At Daimler we work on the mobility of the future too. By 2022 we will have electrified the entire Mercedes-Benz portfolio. Our goal is that electrically powered cars will account for more than half of our sales by 2030. The road to climate-neutral mobility is a joint effort of companies and politics. We at Daimler a willing and ready to make our contribution.”
Thomas Strobl, Deputy Minister President and Minister of the Interior, Digitalisation and Migration for Baden-Württemberg says: “The mobility of the future must be intelligent, digital and clean, while remaining affordable. The transport concepts of major cities, medium-size towns and rural areas will certainly take different forms. There will be no universal blueprint. But we are already actively, innovatively and creatively working on mobility concepts for the future. We are the innovation region No. 1 in Europe – as demonstrated by the flight of the Volocopter and other projects presented at the event.”
Volocopter has raised a total of EUR 85 million in funds. Its investors include Daimler, Geely, and Intel.