Friedrichshafen, Germany in April 2017. The German start-up e-volo is celebrating the world premiere of the first series model of a passenger multicopter on April 5 - 8, 2017 at Europe's largest general aviation trade fair AERO in Friedrichshafen. After six years of development e-volo is presenting the Volocopter 2X, a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft powered purely by electricity and capable of carrying 2 passengers.

Read more: World premiere of the Volocopter series model 2X – The flying taxi is just about to be launched...

Karlsruhe, Germany in June 2016. The Karlsruhe-based company e-volo conducted test flights with the Volocopter at higher altitudes and speeds at a special test flight area in Bavaria.

The Volocopter VC200 is a vertical takeoff aircraft for two passengers that uses electric propulsion only. The first manned flight took place in Bruchsal near Karlsruhe this year at the end of March.

Read more: The Volocopter demonstrates dynamic flight properties

Karlsruhe, Germany in April 2016. The premiere of manned flights with the world’s first certified Multicopter, e-volo’s Volocopter VC200, marks a step forward in urban mobility. The Volocopter is a personal aerial vehicle designed to be so easy and safe to fly that anyone can command it. Due to its electric propulsion, it has no tailpipe emissions and is impressively quiet. For the first time humans’ dream of personal flight as a daily routine becomes attainable. As such it not only offers more widespread use in conventional aircraft domains, but brings us another step closer to air taxi services and entire transportation systems in the third dimension.

Read more: World premier: Volocopter is flying manned!
 - A step forward in urban mobility

Karlsruhe, March 2016. Since 2013, the German Ultralight Flight Association has been testing the Volocopter on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. In February, the Association granted Karlsruher e-volo GmbH a provisional certificate for its VC200 as an ultralight aircraft (certificate number (VVZ) (D-MYVC). e-volo aims to have its Volocopter certified as an ultralight prototype and, hence, pave way for series production of the 2-seater. The completely new, vertical takeoff aircraft is extremely easy to fly, quiet, and emission-free. A comprehensive redundancy concept in all its electronic components ensures its safe landing, even if one or more drives were to fail. The Volocopter is controlled with one hand using a joystick. The zero emissions have been made possible by its all-electric drives and rechargeable batteries that can be swapped very quickly and easily.

Read more: The Volocopter receives a certificate of airworthiness

The people of Karlsruhe provide climate-friendly vision of mobility for the future

Karlsruhe, December 2015.
Within the scope of the “SolutionsCOP21 – Celebrate the Champions Night” at the Grand Palais on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, the Karlsruhe company e-volo GmbH received the award “Climate Champion COP 21” for their Volocopter, a helicopter operated by electricity. Frans Nauta, head of Climate-KIC Netherlands, presented the prize to the managing directors Alex Zosel and Florian Reuter as part of the festive event on the 4th of December. Nauta described the Volocopter as an environment-friendly mobility concept of the future with which public transport could partially “take off” into the third dimension in the near future. In the process, no transport infrastructure, such as roads, tunnels, or bridges, would have to be built and carbon dioxide emissions would also not increase during flight operation. Therefore, valuable natural landscapes can be preserved. The international award is a special honor for e-volo since it values the efforts of the Karlsruhe startup for mobility that is ecologically acceptable.

Read more: e-volo wins “Climate Champion COP21” in Paris

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