We previously reported that Volocity is expected to launch at the 2024 Olympics in Paris. Recently, Groupe ADP, the Aéroports de Paris group, announced at Drone Week in Amsterdam that it is launching the world’s first pre-commercialization project for air taxis (e-VTOL) using this very pioneering model.
VoloCity is the fourth-generation eVTOL vehicle from German urban air mobility (UAM) developer Volocopter. The first three models were developed for testing and demonstration purposes. VoloCity is an 18-rotor VTOL designed to carry up to two people with light luggage such as backpacks, briefcases, and handbags. It has a range of about 35 km (just under 22 miles) and a top speed of about 70 mph. The aircraft’s batteries can be replaced in about 5 minutes, which significantly reduces changeover times and allows the aircraft to be used almost continuously. In addition, Volocopter has prioritized safety and comfort in this design and meets the safety standards set by the European Aviation Safety Agency. VoloCity also features a new stabilizer that provides more stability during flight, which was not present on previous test aircraft.
Paris will introduce five vertical takeoff and landing platforms to accommodate air taxis that will ferry passengers. The French Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC) stresses the importance of safety, especially when air taxis will be flying within existing aviation networks. To ensure safety, the European Aviation Safety Agency is working on new regulations that air taxi companies and operators must comply with. These regulations include requiring VoloCity and other operators to demonstrate their commitment to safety.
The air taxi system will utilize the existing network of helicopters, primarily two routes. VoloCity air taxis, manned by a pilot and a passenger, will fly from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Le Bourget, followed by a short flight to the new landing platform at Austerlitz Paris. Another route will take passengers from Paris to San-Cyr.
However, not everyone will have access to this air system. Authorities have yet to decide how tickets will be allocated, but the number of tickets could be limited. In addition, the use of this system for medical emergencies is being considered.