Watch ‘Volocopter’ electric air taxi making debut urban flight in Stuttgart.
Thousands of visitors in Stuttgart found out what the future has to offer in the way of mobility solutions. The highlight of the event “Vision Smart City – Experience the mobility of the future today” around the Mercedes-Benz Museum was the first urban public flight of a Volocopter air taxi in Europe.
Electrically powered, 18 rotors, ultra-modern assistance systems and more than 100 microprocessors – the Volocopter is packed with technology. It waited patiently on the Museum mound, ready to take its first flight over a European city. Florian Reuter, CEO of Volocopter GmbH, gave the starting signal for the flight. And off it went.
Ola Källenius, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Cars: “Our partner Volocopter shows how the air taxi is turning the dream of driving into the dream of flying. Daimler, too, is working on the mobility of the future. By 2022 we will have electrified the entire Mercedes portfolio. It is envisaged that electrically powered cars will account for more than half our sales by as soon as 2030. We can only take the road to climate-neutral mobility together and with interaction between companies and politics. We at Daimler want to, can and will make our contribution to this.”