German startup Lilium doesn’t just want to fly you around in an air taxi — it wants to fly you and your squad.
And the effort seems to have paid off, because the company just shared a video of the craft’s maiden voyage — a stunning sign that we’re inching closer to a future in which flying cars soar through our skies.
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The all-electric Lilium Jet has a top speed of 300 kmh (186 mph) and a range of 300 kilometers (186 miles), according to a press release.
The maiden flight didn’t test either of those limits — in the video, the craft lifts straight up into the air and straight back down — but it did mark a major milestone along Lilium’s path to an expected 2025 launch of its on-demand air taxi service in cities across the globe.
“We dream of a world where anyone can fly wherever they want, whenever they want,” Lilium co-founder and CEO Daniel Wiegand said in the press release. “We’ve invested a tremendous amount of thought and care into designing an aircraft and a service that will let us deliver this, meeting society’s demands for urban air travel that is quiet, safe, and environmentally positive.”