Urban air transport remains one of the major challenges for the global vehicle industry. High investments in technology and strict safety standards and certifications still represent obstacles for the installation of this type of mobility.
However, the gap is getting shorter and shorter with the innovations presented by companies focused on the future, since a few days ago a new breakthrough was registered for aerial electric vehicles.
AutoFlight’s eVTOL broke the record for the world’s longest flight, with a view to achieving certification to carry four passengers by 2025, although massification may take longer.
The Prosperity I model achieved the feat due to its high capabilities. It has a range of more than 150 miles (240 kilometers). The aircraft can reach a top speed of more than 130 mph and carry a payload of more than 900 pounds.
During the recent record flight, the Prosperity I covered a distance of 155.74 miles (250 km) in 1 hour and 38 minutes.
AutoFlight’s record-breaking flight is evidence of the rapid advances being made in the eVTOL industry. The company’s focus on developing efficient electric powertrains and autonomous flight systems has enabled it to rapidly reach significant milestones.
“This flight is both a major milestone of celebration and a testament to the team’s incredible effort and progress in testing and progressively pushing the performance limits of the aircraft,” Autoflight President Omer Bar-Yohay said in a press release.
He assured that it is a remarkable achievement that demonstrates the vehicle’s capability, which fills them with great motivation to continue working, with the goal of achieving safety certification in 2025.
As urban air mobility becomes increasingly important, eVTOL aircraft are expected to play a significant role in shaping the future of transportation.
With its autonomy and speed, the Prosperity I could be a game-changer for the industry and offer a sustainable and efficient alternative to traditional modes of transportation.