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Davies Tesla Concept Model V (concept design)

 

Tesla Concept Model V (concept design)
Tom Abbot Davies
London, England, United Kingdom
www.tomabbot-davies.netlify.com

Tom Abbot Davies is an enthusiastic and talented industrial designer who completed this electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) Tesla concept aircraft as a project while enrolled at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom. His design is based on the manta ray. The Tesla Concept Model V as designed for advanced air mobility (AAM). All graphics used with permission from Mr. Davies.

Please note this project is not in any way connected with the car company, Tesla, Inc. In fact, we discovered in January 2023, there is a video on YouTube stating "Elon Musk OFFICIALLY REVEALED Tesla VTOL Electric Aircraft" and used Davie's Model V graphics. But this statement is not true. The Tesla Concept Model V eVTOL passenger concept design aircraft was designed by Tom Abbot Davies, who made this design because he would like to get a job at Telsa as an industrial designer.

Davies started sketching the electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft by hand in 2014 while attending Stowe School. Then during his undergraduate studies at Loughborough University, in the 2017 school year, he used the 3D CAD program Solid Works to finalize the design and used Keyshot to render the CAD files.

Tesla Concept Model V passenger eVTOL concept design aircraft
The Tesla Concept Model V is a futuristic one passenger eVTOL concept design aircraft. Davies has not published any flying specifications for his Model V eVTOL passenger concept design aircraft, such as cruise speed, cruise altitude, range, length of flying time or maximum takeoff weight. However, the design certainly falls within the class of having a sports car look that people would use for advanced aerial mobility (AAM) eVTOL passenger aircraft as proposed by companies such as Alauda Airspeeder, Aston Martin, Drone Champions, and Porsche.

We do know the Model V name stands for vertical takeoff and landing and is a one passenger aircraft made for luxurious and quiet advanced aerial mobility flights. The Model V is a small enough aircraft to fit easily on urban landing pads, an open grassy area or on a driveway.

Davies’ goal was to internship at Telsa and this design was included in the Tesla internship application process. While he wasn’t offered an internship with Tesla, he is currently looking for an industrial design position with Tesla, or an electric or hybrid-electric VTOL manufacturer.

Specifications:

  • Aircraft type: eVTOL passenger concept design aircraft
  • Capacity: 1 passenger
  • Cruise speed: Unknown
  • Propellers: 3 ducted fans, all 3 ducted fans can be used for vertical flight and forward flight
  • Electric motors: 3, 6 or 9 electric motors
  • Power source: Batteries
  • Window: Canopy over cockpit providing full forward, side and top visibility for spectacular views
  • Fuselage: Magnesium fuselage with a carbon fiber underbody
  • Landing gear: Tricycle retractable landing gear
  • Safety features: Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP), provides safety through redundancy for its passengers and/or cargo. DEP means having multiple propellers and motors on the aircraft so if one or more motors or propellers fail, the other working motors and propellers can safely land the aircraft. Redundancy in all electrical and avionics instruments to highly reduce any chance of failure during flight.

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