Volocopter has opened the factory for its VoloCity eVTOL in Bruchsal, Germany.
The company opened the hangar this week that will host the final assembly line with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, alongside an airfield which from which development flight tests and quality checks will be carried out.
Volocopter’s VoloCity eVTOL air taxi can carry two passengers up to 35km (22 miles) and has a top speed of 110km/h (68mph). It is propelled by 18 rotors and has a low noise signature for operations in urban areas.
The factory in Bruschal will manufacture the VoloCity eVTOLs and is ramping up into full operation this month. The VoloCity is expected to receive Type Certification from EASA next year.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony also featured a crewed flight of the Volocopter 2X.
Dirk Hoke, CEO of Volocopter said, “Right here is where the aircraft that will change how humanity moves about cities will take off and make its way across the world. This region is known for transforming mobility – the bicycle, the car, and soon Volocopter, too. Electric air taxis and Volocopter is a technology made in Germany that will make the world a more sustainable place.”
Andreas Fehring, chief supply chain officer of Volocopter, and program manager VoloCity said, “The VoloCity has completed the critical design review – and that’s the aircraft we’re ready to produce, with enough leeway for further learnings derived from flight testing. It’s no easy task to set up a production facility for an entirely new type of aircraft, but my team has done a phenomenal job.”
The German company has committed to launching commercial air taxi services in cities like Singapore, Rome, NEOM, and Paris from next year.