Lilium is a company whose vision is to enable a world where anyone can fly, anywhere anytime, according to Lilium’s Head of Program Management, Andrew Welling. “We’re doing that via an all-electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) jets,” he says. “By 2025, we hope that everyone will be able to order one of our jets at the push of a button.” Eventually, Lilium aims to go completely autonomous.
The World’s First eVTOL Jets
Lilium is a company whose vision is to enable a world where anyone can fly, anywhere anytime. We’re doing that via an all-electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) jets. It’s the world’s first eVTOL jets. We are hoping to have a service operational in the early 2020s. By 2025, we hope that everyone will be able to order one of our Jets at the push of a button. Our Jets our vertical takeoff and landing jets which means that they can take off from a normal helipad. They take off vertically, rising to a few hundred meters before they transition into a forward flight.
For sure, our batteries are not light, they are obviously one of the heaviest components in our aircraft. But fundamentally, for the future of transport, it’s really important that we move to a world where we’re no longer reliant on fossil fuels. Our services are more like a ride-sharing air taxi service so we want this service to be accessible for anyone and not just the privileged few. The idea is that you’d be able to order a jet via an app on your phone. You would go to initially a defined landing pad to meet the jet, but pretty much it would be an on-demand service. You would be ride-sharing with others who are going to the same destination as you are.
The Aim is Autonomous Flight
One of the greatest things about our design is the efficiency that you get through having a wing on the aircraft which can tilt. That means we can take off and land vertically but then when we transition to forward flights we actually get the efficiencies that you get from a winged aircraft. Initially, we will have a pilot on board but the aim is eventually to go to autonomous flight.
We’re building our headquarters in Munich, Germany. That’s where we’re building up both our engineering teams, our production teams, and eventually where our core airline operations will be based. Our target is to have a service operational somewhere in the world by 2025.