Solvay has partnered with Vertical Aerospace to develop the composite structure of a new passenger air taxi.
According to the companies, the VA-1X electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft would be able to carry four passengers and one pilot for 100 miles (160 km) at cruise speeds of 150 mph/240 kmph.
Plans are for Solvay to supply its composite and adhesive product range at Solvay’s European Application Centers and at Vertical Aerospace’s office in Bristol, UK. The companies reportedly aim to develop the first flying prototype ready for a test flight in September 2021.
Solvay reports that the VA-1X will be electrically powered, where possible by renewable energy, and will offer emission-free flights. The aircraft certification is planned for 2024 with commercial services starting shortly after.
This story uses material from Solvay, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.