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Will eVTOL take over the commercial small-helicopter market?


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#21 TomPPL

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Posted 27 September 2017 - 04:48

I've just read this, hot off the press:

http://newatlas.com/...xi-dubai/51492/



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Posted 27 September 2017 - 07:01

Wait until you see the first lot of Yoo-Choob videos of drunks and teenagers filming themselves standing on the skids as it buzzes through the skies of Dubai. 

 

Might need some doors. And a SERIOUS air-con system, which just might reduce the battery life and add some weight.


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Posted 28 September 2017 - 04:29

Heres another one testing out for the European market - this one also shows a manned flight test:

http://newatlas.com/...ying-taxi/51539


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Posted 30 September 2017 - 03:44

That's the Volocopter recipe (German). The Passenger Drone (that's what it's called) is Swiss engineered and made, Peter Delco (interesting name) being its founder.

 

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Posted 07 October 2017 - 01:57

I think a lot of pro electric aircraft people just don't understand chemistry. If batteries were better than pistons/turbines we'd have seen combustion engines scrapped a long time ago. Don't believe any of the hype about batteries becoming more efficient, they increase in energy density about 1%/yr. So at that rate we could see batteries become competitive with fossil fuels around 2090, unless someone invents a more efficient battery. 



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Posted 07 October 2017 - 02:15

I think a lot of pro electric aircraft people just don't understand chemistry. If batteries were better than pistons/turbines we'd have seen combustion engines scrapped a long time ago. Don't believe any of the hype about batteries becoming more efficient, they increase in energy density about 1%/yr. So at that rate we could see batteries become competitive with fossil fuels around 2090, unless someone invents a more efficient battery. 

I tend to agree with you. The most astonishing example of winning over investors with a flawed idea (according to experts) is Lilium that received a $90 million infuse recently. See my earlier posting. 



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Posted 30 December 2017 - 04:44

Curious what the solid state battery technology might bring in 3-4 years...

https://cleantechnic...-cell-vehicles/



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Posted 31 December 2017 - 06:29

I'm paying close attention to the development of solid state, quite amazing that the inventor is 94 years old!



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Posted 11 January 2018 - 16:31

Will eVTOL take over the commercial small-helicopter market?   

 

I think there is room for both just like for dinner you might have chicken, fish or meat.  Or tofu, lol.   There is a seat for every stool and eVTOL or Tesla aren't going to take over the market just good conversation.   I watched the Surefly get light on it's skids in a test flight the other day in Nevada.  I've sat in the Swiss/German drone that flew last year.    These won't take over the duty your helicopter was designed for but if the Marines have a drone Huey and just need to ship a small part over the ridge why not send this drone type thing to battle?

 


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Posted 14 January 2018 - 15:22

Will eVTOL take over the commercial small-helicopter market?   

 

I think there is room for both just like for dinner you might have chicken, fish or meat.  Or tofu, lol.   There is a seat for every stool and eVTOL or Tesla aren't going to take over the market just good conversation.   I watched the Surefly get light on it's skids in a test flight the other day in Nevada.  I've sat in the Swiss/German drone that flew last year.    These won't take over the duty your helicopter was designed for but if the Marines have a drone Huey and just need to ship a small part over the ridge why not send this drone type thing to battle?

 

 

Everything with eVTOLs stands or falls with the battery technology. If it's substantially better than today in let's say 3-4 years, I see eVTOLs take off so to speak big time. For now, range shortage can be compensated for by using hybrid drive, so, have a potent ICE onboard that can either provide necessary boost during takeoff, extend range and/or help to recharge the batteries. There might even be a way to combine a lightweight electric car and an eVTOL.

 

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Posted Today, 01:49

https://www.youtube....h?v=_tFG-uk3WcE

 

7 versions being tested. I like number 7.

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=ZI5rH8bS5cE

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=SyRpZILjT2w






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