This Futuristic Flying Car Could Take Urban Transportation to New Heights
Meet “Volar,” a sleek futuristic flying car created by British startup Bellwether Industries that could change the future of urban transportation and make us feel like we’re living in a sci-fi movie! Designed for private owners as a replacement for cars, “Volar” would alleviate congestion and free up space for cyclists and pedestrians.
Also known as an “electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle,” or eVTOL, the “Volar” prototype is a two-seater, but the startup’s true vision is a four-to-five-seater aircraft to accommodate families and serve as on-demand transportation – comparable to an Uber.
This revolutionary flying car would be able to pull off intra-city travels at an altitude of 3,000 feet (or 915 meters) with a speed of up to 135 miles per hour (or 220 kilometers per hour). It would be 10.5 feet wide (or 3.2 m) wide, which is significantly larger than a car. Its battery power would last for about 60 to 90 minutes. “Volar” doesn’t have a large wingspan or exposed blades, which makes it optimal for urban transportation. Instead, it has a hidden propulsion system featuring ducted fans.
This battery-powered beauty would take off and land vertically, just like helicopters. The goal is to have a maximum takeoff weight of 1,320 lbs. (or 600 kg). Considering that “Volar” wouldn’t need a runway, it could operate from rooftops, parking garages, or driveways. Not only would this lessen street traffic, but it wouldn’t contribute to CO2 emissions or other dangerous air pollutants.
Like a regular electric vehicle does on land, “Volar” would charge at dedicated charging stations. It also would reportedly “have to rely on a ‘comprehensive infrastructure and transport system’ to avoid falling out the sky” when it runs out of juice.
On January 12, a half-scale prototype of “Volar” embarked on its first untethered test flight in Dubai. This remote-controlled prototype named “Antelope” reached an altitude of 13 feet and a top speed of 25 miles per hour. Bellwether aims to have a full-scale prototype completed and tested by 2023. The final model is expected to hit the market in 2028 for on-demand transport and in 2030 for private ownership.
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