A Bristol-based engineering company has unveiled a “flying taxi” dubbed the VA-1X that can carry up to five passengers and is on course to start commercial flights in 2024.
Developers Vertical Aerospace (VA) said the craft would be “the world’s first certified winged all-electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft” and plans to manufacture it in the UK.
VA-1X will be able to cruise at around 150mph with a useable range of up to 100 miles (160km), meaning passengers could travel from London to Brighton in approximately half an hour, compared to two hours driving, or an hour by train.
The aircraft will bypass road congestion, and will be certified to the same safety standardsas commercial airlines. VA said its electric engine will mean trips will completely emission-free.
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