Günther Schuh, a German electric car developer who is behind startup company e.GO Mobile and helped create an electric delivery van currently used by DHL, is now focusing on air travel. Schuh recently stated he is working on a "Silent Air Tax" with the ability of deliverying messages while making almost no noise. More information should be released in the coming months.
Clean Energy Wire: After specialising in electric vehicles, you’re now developing an air taxi. There are already some German competitors in this field – Lilium and Volocopter spring to mind. Has this topic seriously left the realm of airy ideas? Will air taxis play a significant role in the future?
Günther Schuh: As for the other projects, I don’t know. We also toy with airy ideas occasionally, but once we start something, we pull it through right to the end. I believe I have already proven this a number of times together with my Aachen campus over the past 15 years, for example with StreetScooter and e.GO. I only address a topic like this if I’m convinced that we can bring it to a successful conclusion, that it cannot only meet but also generate substantial demand in the market, that producing the machine is possible, and that it can fly.
Which use cases do you have in mind for your “Silent Air Taxi”?
We have important mobility demands for urgent medical supplies, surveillance, fighting crime, and other such missions. Accepting congestion on our two-dimensional traffic routes is much easier if you can use the third dimension in an emergency – whatever that may be.
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