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Rolls-Royce goes eVTOL

Vertical Aerospace has unveiled its flagship Urban Air Mobility (UAM) aircraft.

What is fascinating about this concept is that the aircraft is electrically powered and is on course to be certificated in 2024. Cruise speed is claimed of over 200mph carrying four passengers up to 120 miles.

Vertical Aerospace has already flown multiple full-scale eVTOL prototypes and the build of VA-X4 will begin shortly with assembly taking place in the UK and the first flight happening this year.

For Rolls-Royce Electrical it marks its first commercial deal in the UAM market and builds on previous agreements to work with partners on demonstrator programmes. Rolls-Royce will design the system architecture of the whole electrical propulsion system, the electric power system that includes the latest 100kW-class lift and push electrical propulsion units, the power distribution and the monitoring system that will support operations.

Michael Cervenka, CEO of Bristol-based Vertical Aerospace said: “We are excited to collaborate with Rolls-Royce, bringing onboard a hugely experienced team with deep expertise and cutting-edge electrical technologies to power our pioneering eVTOL aircraft. This collaboration builds on our existing partnerships and Vertical is well-positioned to develop the world’s leading eVTOL aircraft, certified to the highest CAA and EASA safety standards being set globally.”

Around 150 Rolls-Royce engineers based in Hungary, Germany, United States and the United Kingdom are working with the Vertical Aerospace team on developing the aircraft which is aiming to be one of the world’s first certified eVTOLs.

www.vertical-aerospace.com

www.rolls-royce.com/media/press-releases

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