Pipistrel Vertical Solutions
Pipistrel publicly announced at the first Uber Elevate Summit in April 2017 that they were working on an eVTOL aircraft, but revealed no information.
At the second Elevate Summit on May 8, the company revealed they are working on several different versions of its eVTOL concept: "The new aircraft utilizes dedicated propulsion systems for both cruising and vertical lift and embraces an aircraft family approach of eVTOL able to carry from two to six passengers." The company has started a new subsidiary, Pipistrel Vertical Solutions, for its eVTOL development efforts.
Pipistrel, founded in 1989, won the NASA Green Flight Challenges three times and was the first company to have an electric airplane (eCTOL), the Alpha Electro, approved by the aviation safety regulators in Australia, Canada and the US (FAA), in April 2018. Pipistrel is also developing the Cargo Drone after shifting resources from their 801 UAM VTOL.
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- Video: Uber Elevate Summit - Jeff Holden announces Pipistrel
- Video: Uber Elevate Summit - speech of Pipistrel General Manager Ivo Boscarol
- Video: Uber Elevate Summit - speech of Dr. Tine Tomažič, Director of R&D Institute at Pipistrel
- Pipistrel press release: Uber partners with Pipistrel Aircraft to manufacture electric VTOLs, April 25, 2017
- Uber press release: Uber Partners with Pipistrel Aircraft to Manufacture Electric VTOLs, April 25, 2017
- Uber press release: Pipistrel reveals new eVTOL concept, May 2018
- News article: Three New eVTOLS Unveiled at Uber Elevate, AIN online, May 9, 2018
- Article: Uber Unveils Its Flying Car Prototype, engineering.com, May 22, 2018
- Article: Pipistrel eVTOL News, evtol.news, February 23, 2019
- Article: Pipistrel shifts attention from eVTOL air taxi to low-cost cargo drone, eVTOL Magazine, Nov. 26, 2019
- Article: Pipistrel Committed to Uber Despite Shifting Priorities, evtol.news, June 12, 2020