As the world continues to industrialize, researchers and designers are working to create ways to bring more ease and accessibility to everyone. Advancements in the field of scientific and holistic design are taking place every day, and researchers are finding more and more ways to combine efficiency and sustainability. More companies and major business groups are looking for ways to increase their reach to consumers without leaving a heavy mark on the planet. We can see this in the rise of green initiatives and global movements to curb further damage to the Earth. One company that’s a prime example of this goal is Lilium, a German company that proves the future of convenient travel lies in the sky.
What is Lilium?
Lilium is a startup company based in Munich, Germany that specializes in aircraft. The company was founded in 2015, and its leaders formed a plan right away to hit the ground running in the industrial design field. One of their first and most popular creations was a two-seater jet. This jet served as the beginning stage to the prototype that Lilium revealed most recently.
While the two-seater jet was a huge success in itself, Lilium’s design heads didn’t stop there. They took the jet to the next level by increasing the seating capacity to fit five people comfortably. So, what’s the goal of creating a jet anyway? The creators behind this powerful jet wanted to find a new way to get customers from point A to point B without the use of traditional taxis and ride-sharing services. Instead of creating a contraption to further congest the streets in already tight city areas, Lilium’s creative directors took to the skies to provide transportation.
This five-seater jet is the solution to the rising costs of ground transportation, as well as the increasing levels of pollution left by vehicles. The new jet is not only free from ground traffic, but it’s also 100% electric-powered. This shift from gasoline to electricity allows the jet to leave a much, much smaller impact on the environment than traditional transportation methods.
How This Air Taxi Works
While other transportation methods rely on an engine that runs on gasoline or diesel, Lilium’s five-seater jet relies on 36 all-electric jet engines. These provide a much quieter and more environmentally-friendly option than other power sources. Surprisingly, the jet functions with very few parts, as it has no tail or propellers, and it’s also free of a rudder and gearbox. Even the engine has only one moving part. The part of the jet that’s found in some other aircraft is its fixed wing, which allows it to remain airborne. While other drone-based aircraft use a lot of energy from the engine to become airborne, Lilium’s jet uses its own fixed wing and the power of 36 electric engines to get the job done more efficiently.
Another feature that sets this jet apart from other traditional methods of flight is the system for take-off and landing. This jet is able to take off vertically, and then shift into a horizontal flight. This removes the need for extensive runways, saving time and money in that aspect. With high speeds of nearly 200 MPH, Lilium Jet is expected to cost as much as a traditional taxi fare but perform at four times the speed. Designers of this jet also expect an app connection to be created in which consumers can “order” a jet to a specific landing pad near them much like what can be done with ride-sharing apps, like Uber and Lyft. Although Lilium’s directors predict that consumers can see these modern taxis in use in major cities by 2025, we can still prepare ourselves until then by envisioning a morning commute in the skies.