Swiss railways are considering using electric air taxis

Jan

14

2019

The SBB, or Schweizerische Bundesbahnen, is considering the installation of electrically powered air taxis at its train stations. The railway company is in consultation with the Munich-based Lilium GmbH, which is working on the development of the Lilium Jet.

According to Clean Thinking , the small aircraft must be used as taxis, allowing travelers to travel to their final destination from the train station. The Lilium Jet rises vertically, so it does not need a runway.

Lilium reports that the Jet is fully electric, can reach speeds of up to 300 km per hour and makes less noise than a motorcycle. The range is 300km. In addition, the air taxi consumes a comparable amount of electricity as an electric car. The Jet uses a battery that you ‘find in every Tesla’, the CEO said in 2017 against The Verge . The vehicle has room for five passengers.

The Jet contains twelve curvature valves, each with three electric jet engines. When one or more engines fail, the vehicle can land safely because of the vertical ascent and descent. As a last resort, the air taxi has a parachute.

The negotiations between the tech company and the SBB are still ongoing, so it is not yet known if and if so when the air taxis will become available. In addition, several Swiss politicians have expressed negative comments about the plans, according to Bloomberg . They believe that the railway company should only deal with the railways.

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