The Volocopter VC200, with 18 non-tilting propellers, made its first unmanned flight in November 2013. Its first manned flight was March 30, 2016; Volocopter claimed this as the world’s first 2-seat electric VTOL aircraft. The aircraft is designed for up to 100 km/h (54 kt) and demonstrated a speed of 69 km/h (37 kt) in July 2016. The program is supported by Intel’s Ascending Technologies, DG Flugzeugbau GmbH and others.
The Volocopter 2X is a refined next generation version of the VC200, with a limited number of pre-production prototypes now under development for future sale.
Note: The company was known as “e-volo GmbH” until July 2017.
Volocopter Characteristics (updated April 2017)
|Fuselage length||9.5 ft||2.9 m|
|Overall height||6.6 ft||2.0 m|
|Tip-to-tip distance||30 ft||9.15 m|
|Empty weight||660 lb||300 kg|
|Max gross takeoff wt||990 lb||450 kg|
|Useful load||330 lb||150 kg|
|Cruise speed||55 kt||100 km/h|
|Motor output||18x 5.3 hp||18x 3.9 kW|
|First Flight (unmanned)||Nov. 17, 2013|
|First Flight (manned)||March 30, 2016|
- Search eVTOL news posts
- Company press releases
- Article: e-volo’s 2X Ready for Production, eVTOL News, May 2, 2017
- Article: Air Mobility Bonanza Beckons Electric VTOL Developers, Vertiflite, March/April 2017
- Article: The Demand for On-Demand Mobility, Vertiflite, January/February 2017
- Video: Volocopter VC200 First Flight, forschungsbuero, November 20, 2013