EXCLUSIVE: Flying cars to use radically different battery chemistries, metals

Future mobility vehicles such as flying cars and air taxis may use radically different battery chemistries and production methods to cater to their unique form factor and designs, industry pioneers Volocopter and Wright Electric told Fastmarkets.

Touted as the transport of the future, these vehicles are meant to break the monotony and time wasted in rush-hour jams by providing an alternative to land-based transport that uses roads and highways to get from Point A to Point B. It also offers alternatives to short-range air travel between cities and neighboring countries, as well as short-time rapid delivery of goods. The high performance requirements of electrically powered urban air mobility aircraft such as Volocopter's VoloCity and VoloDrone mean that the company is always following the latest developments in battery technology closely, its chief commercial officer Christian Bauer told Fastmarkets. "We want to ensure the batteries we use meet our key parameters such as high power densities, low internal resistances, and of course, high capacity. Keep in mind that we are in a regulated environment and that our supplier landscape has to comply...


Paul Lim

Dalila Ouerghi

April 07, 2021

05:29 GMT

Singapore, London