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February 27, 2023
IN July, 2022, aerospace motor and controller supplier Evolito bought the assets of aerospace battery maker, Electroflight. Evolito's announcement of the acquisition was accompanied by the above illustration of how the combined assets could be put to use in eVTOL design and production.Image courtesy of Evolito
Electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft are a relatively new type of aircraft that have been garnering significant attention in recent years. As the name suggests, eVTOLs are electrically powered aircraft that are capable of taking off and landing vertically, making them suitable for use in urban areas where conventional runways are not available.
The commercial applications for eVTOLs are varied, including cargo delivery, emergency medical assistance, and sport and recreation. And, of course, passenger service: it’s already been well over a decade since the aviation industry began talking about the potential of “air taxi” services, with small VTOLs creating a niche falling between a commercial charter flights and, say, an Uber ride. In fact, Uber had invested in the technology by way of its Uber Elevate division, which it has since (in 2020) sold to Joby Aviation, featured in this gallery. As we’ll see, many eVTOL startups are interested in this niche becoming a reality.
Given the growing popularity of the technology, the market is starting to see itself inundated with new competitors—all offering novel designs. In this piece, we’ll take a look at some of the most notable eVTOLs gaining attention in the market.
About the Author(s)
Jake Hertz is an Electrical Engineer, Technical Writer, and Public Relations Specialist. After he received his M.S. and B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Rochester, he spent three years working as an Electrical Engineer at MakerBot Industries.
As a writer, Jake is well known for his frequent contributions to various engineering websites, where he has garnered readership in the tens of thousands. Through his business, NanoHertz Solutions, Jake works with cutting-edge companies in the hardware and semiconductor space to build industry buzz and awareness through Public Relations and Technical Writing services.
As an engineer, Jake now works with numerous startups to help develop their hardware products. He is also a Co-Founder of Origin Labs, a NYC-based design firm for tech startups in the hardware space.
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