BOEING TAKES PORSCHE INTO THE AIR
According to von Platen, international teams will work on the different aspects of urban air mobility, analyzing the potential of the market for premium products and identifying possible areas of application.
Aurora Flight Sciences, a subsidiary of the aircraft manufacturer Boeing, and the Porsche subsidiaries Porsche Engineering Services and Studio F.A. Porsche are also on board. Together, the engineers aim to develop a concept for a fully electric aircraft that can take off and land vertically and can be flown in various ways. This could be by a pilot, just like a taxi, by a passenger, or later completely autonomously.
“PORSCHE AND BOEING ARE ACCELERATING THE PACE OF THE GLOBAL URBAN AIR MOBILITY MARKET WITH PRECISION ENGINEERING, DESIGN AND INNOVATION.”
STEVE NORDLUND, VICE PRESIDENT UND GENERAL MANAGER AT BOEING NEXT, ON THE TWO COMPANIES’ MOTIVATIONS FOR DEVELOPING AN AIR TAXI TOGETHER
“THE NEXT GENERATION MOBILITY ECOSYSTEM”
In 2018, management consultancy Porsche Consulting conducted a feasibility study on the market for vertical mobility and its developers and providers. As a result, growth in this market is expected to accelerate noticeably from the middle of the coming decade. Urban aircraft could transport people much more quickly and efficiently than conventional means of transport. Other advantages include comparatively low costs and greater flexibility. The financial services provider Citigroup is forecasting sales figures of around 20,000 electric air taxis per year from 2030 onwards.
MAIDEN FLIGHT AS EARLY AS 2020
The first flight is scheduled to take place as early as 2020, although it is still uncertain whether and when the first Porsche with wings will be available for purchase, and what it will cost. Although the nose and roof of the first renderings are reminiscent of the design of current models, one thing is clear: the new Porsche will have no wheels, so it will not be able to take to the road.
“PORSCHE IS EVOLVING FROM A SPORTS CAR MANUFACTURER TO BECOME THE LEADING BRAND FOR PREMIUM MOBILITY – AND IN THE LONG TERM, THIS COULD ALSO INCLUDE THE THIRD DIMENSION”.
DETLEV VON PLATEN, EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER FOR SALES AND MARKETING AT PORSCHE AG, ON PORSCHE’S REASONS FOR AIMING FOR THE SKIES
Photos and renderings: Porsche, Boeing