Urban air mobility company Volocopter announced the opening of its production facilities in Bruchsal, Germany. Their new hangar will house the company’s final assembly line, along with an airfield for development flight tests and quality checks. The production sites, which will manufacture the first EASA-certified electric air taxis, will be in full operation by April.
Volocopter’s electric air taxis will soon be deployed worldwide for commercial services, starting in 2024. With the capacity to assemble over 50 VoloCity aircraft per year, Volocopter’s production facilities have not only met regulatory approval but also represent the final step in the company’s ambitious production setup plans in Bruchsal over the past 18 months.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on 4 April 2023 at the hangar, featuring a crewed flight of the Volocopter 2X.
According to Dirk Hoke, Chief Executive Officer of Volocopter,
“Right here is where the aircraft that will revolutionize urban mobility will take off and soar across the world. This region is renowned for transforming transportation with innovations such as the bicycle and the car, and soon Volocopter will join that legacy. Our electric air taxis, made in Germany, will contribute to a more sustainable world.”
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Volocopter is at the forefront of developing electrically powered air taxis that are set to transform urban transportation. Its family of aircraft includes the VoloCity, VoloRegion, and VoloDrone.
Since 2021, the company has been approved as a production organization in compliance with European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), covering the entire VoloCity production process. This includes the manufacturing of carbon fiber parts, the electric propulsion unit, the final assembly with decking of the propulsion system and fuselage, as well as extensive end-of-line flight tests.