The Ile-de-France Region has just taken a major decision which marks a big leap towards the transport of the future. Next June, Pontoise airport (Val-d'Oise) will be the scene of a demonstration show of dozens of flying taxis .
RATP, Paris Airport and the Ile-de-France Region made a major announcement during the Choose Paris Region press conference. Concretely, the trio hinted at the prospect of a taxi flying over the skies of Paris over the next nine years. In order to facilitate the achievement of this objective, a first exhibition will be organized at the aerodrome of Pontoise in June. It will see the presence of around thirty companies which were selected from among some 150 applicants. In particular, Volocopter will open this first flying taxi experimentation session in the Paris region.
The German company will perform a demonstration of the Volocity there.
A fully electric aerial vehicle
In case you didn't know yet, the Volocopter Volocity is a 100% electric VTOL (Vertical Takeoff and Landing Vehicle). It has 18 motors and has 9 batteries. A configuration that allows it to carry a pilot and a passenger (with luggage) over a distance of 35 km, at an altitude between 400 and 500 meters. The machine flies at 110 km / h.
The choice of the Volocity as the vehicle to be presented first in the framework of the exhibition was no accident. According to the organizers, this is the most successful project in the field of eVTOL. It should be noted that the Ile-de-France Region, the RATP and the ADP group aims to launch a commercial service based on air vehicles of this type in 2030.
Demonstrations as part of the Paris Olympics in 2024
The program, which will take place in less than six months, was also set up with the aim of allowing the organizing committee to prepare the general public demonstrations planned for the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024.
Note that in addition to the Volocity, the Airbus CityAirbus is one of the thirty air taxis to be presented in June. Ascendance Flight Technologies, Ehang, H3 Dynamics, Pipistrel and Vertical Aerospace, to name just these brands, will also be on the agenda.