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Rolls-Royce is entering the flying car market

By Cookie Monster - on 17 Jul 2018, 12:00am

Rolls-Royce is entering the flying car market

Image source: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce is the latest company to join the race in developing flying cars. 

The British jet engine maker revealed that it has designed a propulsion system for a flying taxi and drawn up plans for an electrical vertical take off and landing (EVTOL) vehicle.

The EVTOL vehicle can carry up four to five passengers at speeds of up to 250 miles per hour (~402km/hour for about 500 miles (~805km). It can land and take off from existing infrastructure including airports and helipads. 

Reuters - “The initial concept vehicle uses gas turbine technology to generate electricity to power six electric propulsors specially designed to have a low noise profile,” the company said, adding the design used its existing M250 gas turbine. 

Rolls-Royce is currently looking for an airframer and a partner to provide aspects of the electrical system to help commercialise the project. Its design also does not require re-charging as the battery can be charged by the gas turbine. 

Earlier last month, Silicon Valley company Kitty Hawk unveiled an all-electric single-seater flying vehicle which has 10 sets of rotors and two control sticks. It can fly at speeds up to 20MPH for up to a maximum of 20 minutes. Uber is also interested in the flying car market; it hired senior NASA engineer in 2017 to develop flying car technology.

Source: Rolls-Royce via Reuters

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