Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
Founded in January 2022 in Suzhou, Jiangsu, China, WEFLY is a Chinese eVTOL startup and is currently building its engineering team before beginning technology development, and the design and production of electric vertical takeoff and landing eVTOL passenger aircraft for advanced air mobility (AAM). According to some investment websites, WEFLY is a division of the Qifei Aviation Technology (Suzhou) Co., Ltd. located in China.
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WEFLY announced on April 28, 2022, that it had closed tens of millions of US dollars in angel funding from INCE Capital and Linear Capital which will be used primarily to build their engineering team, for product design and development of their prototype aircraft. Canglan Capital served as the exclusive financial adviser.
The company's goals are to create very quiet on-demand eVTOL passenger aircraft with a long cruising range. This way, people can easily travel anywhere in large megacities, travel between two cities, and travel to and from rural areas.
Very little specific details have been revealed by the company about the type of aircraft they will be designing. However, the company stated their aircraft will be 100% powered by batteries and the operating costs of the aircraft will be low. The company has emphasized their aircraft will be a long range eVTOL aircraft making on-demand city to city air service available to the public. The company expects to use currently available off-the-shelf technology to build their aircraft and they will not be creating in-house technology for their aircraft. WEFLY plans to make their aircraft so they are tailored to customer needs.
The company foresees its aircraft to be used in multiple aerial applications such as on-demand air tax service, air tourism, emergency medical transportation, disaster response, humanitarian aid, police, fire, government use, air cargo and more. The company expects their aircraft to land and takeoff from the tops of buildings and in parking lots, eliminating most of the need for having to use airports. Once production aircraft are coming off the assembly line, the company stated their operation will pay for itself in about a year.
- Aircraft type: Long range eVTOL passenger and air cargo aircraft
- Piloting: Unknown
- Capacity: Unknown
- Cruise speed: Unknown
- Range: Long-range eVTOL aircraft, the actual range is unknown
- Flight time: Unknown
- Cruise altitude: Unknown
- Propellers: Unknown
- Electric motors: Unknown
- Power source: Battery packs
- Fuselage: Carbon fiber composite (most likely)
- Windows: Unknown
- Landing gear: Unknown
- Safety features: Most likely: Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP), provides safety through redundancy for its passengers and/or cargo. DEP means having multiple propellers (or ducted fans) and motors on the aircraft so if one or more propellers (ducted fans) or motors fail, the other working propellers (or ducted fans) and motors can safely land the aircraft. There are also redundancies in the sub-systems of the aircraft.