Preparing for Take-Off: Electric Vertical Take-off and Landing Air Taxis

Many of the world's largest aerospace and automotive companies are ramping up their interest in electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, recognising their potential as a disruptive new transport mode. Toyota, for example have invested nearly $400 million in eVTOL start-up Joby Aviation whilst Hyundai have announced they are spending $1.5 billion over 5-years on developing urban air mobility operations. Aircraft manufactures, Boeing, Airbus, Embraer, and Bell all have ongoing air taxi development programmes whilst a host of start-ups, located around the world, are on the pathway to certifying eVTOL aircraft. Major aerospace suppliers like SAFRAN, Rolls-Royce and Honeywell are investing in technologies for eVTOL aircraft and composite material manufacturers like Toray and Hexcel are working with OEMs on advanced lightweight materials for aviation applications. There are opportunities for companies across numerous cutting-edge technologies, including lithium metal batteries, advanced composites, and axial flux motors. We are living in exciting times where the advancement of key technologies is enabling electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft to become a reality.
It is easy to hype air taxis and flying cars. We have all grown up with a vision of the future that includes mass mobility in the air. Small flying vehicles zooming between skyscrapers is one of the staples of any depiction of advanced future societies. IDTechEx's new report "Air Taxis: Electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing Aircraft 2021-2041" is not that hype. Our independent research into electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft for passenger transport reflects the reality of the eVTOL air taxi market at this early stage in its development.
This webinar, presented by Technology Analyst Dr. David Wyatt, shares some research from IDTechEx's brand new report "Air Taxis: Electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing Aircraft 2021-2041". This report is designed to help companies understand the exciting, emerging, urban air mobility market. It offers a comprehensive analysis of eVTOL aircraft for air taxi applications, from the basics of eVTOL aircraft design architectures, through to more nuanced detail on opportunities in key technologies, such as aviation grade batteries, electric motors and propulsion systems, composite materials and eVTOL ground infrastructure.
This IDTechEx webinar will give an overview and outlook on the developing eVTOL market including:
  • An introduction to urban air mobility and air taxi services.
  • The basics of eVTOL aircraft design architectures
  • Background into ongoing eVTOL projects for passenger transportation
  • Opportunities for battery, motor, and composite material manufacturers
  • Insight drawn from our journey time and TCO analysis for air taxi operations
  • An overview of IDTechEx's 20-year outlook for this nascent market


Dr David Wyatt
Dr David Wyatt
Senior Technology Analyst