Volkswagen unveils… its new unmanned passenger plane

Volkswagen unveils… its new unmanned passenger plane


VW presents a model of a drone made in China

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VW presents a model of a drone made in China

By Maxime Pasture

Volkswagen Group China is launching V.MO, the first prototype unmanned aircraft for passenger transport that belongs to the new eVTOL (electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing) category, that is, an electric aircraft that takes off and lands vertically.

With a height of 11.2 m and a wingspan of 10.6 m, the VW drone has 8 rotors to provide lift and 2 rotors for electric propulsion. In its final version, V.MO can carry 4 passengers and their cargo at a distance of up to 200 km. A series of tests have already started but these will be more in the summer of 2023.

“Flying Tiger”

The VW company has given its new creation Flying tiger, referring to its black and gold color but also its launch during the year of the tiger, in China.

According to VW, “Urban air mobility is a growing market that aims to use air for short and medium distance travel, especially in urban and inter-city areas. In China, it will play an important role in the future of urban and municipal transport in large congested cities. »

For high end customers

During the first phase of commercial operation, V.MO will probably be offered as a premium product to affluent and tech-savvy customers in China, for example, as part of a VIP passenger transportation service. eVTOL aircraft will be able to transport passengers faster, more efficiently and more easily than the ground transportation currently available. As part of this project, Volkswagen Group China will work with the relevant Chinese authorities to obtain the necessary permits. Because let’s remember that in the air, like on the road, we do nothing!