A new player in the new air taxi industry
General Motors said it also plans to join the growing eVTOL air taxi business — and they want to do it in a special style. As part of the CES 2021 virtual show, automaker GM Exhibit Zero on Tuesday unveiled renderings and animations of a battery-powered personal aircraft that will be GM’s first foray into air mobility.
About Cadillac eVTOL
The review of the upcoming novelty turned out to be as narrow as possible, the developer almost completely excluded the details of the technical side of the vessel, not to mention at what stage the development of the model is, plans for the start of production or the time frame in which we can expect the Cadillac eVTOL to appear in the air. It’s also not entirely clear if GM has a working eVTOL prototype at the moment, or what the next step in developing this new business will be.
Either way, the images show the vessel looking like a single-seat drone, presumably for short urban flights that are performed autonomously. The developer said that their Cadillac eVTOL is driven by four electric motors with a capacity of 90 kWh each, which will allow horizontal flight speeds of up to 90 km / h.
Based on the presentation of CES 2021 in the Drones category, we can say that GM is the last automaker today to look to the sky and think about developing an air taxi business. Ahead of them, local rivals FCA have followed the same path, announcing last Tuesday a partnership with Archer to create an eVTOL air taxi, as well as companies such as Hyundai and Aston Martin, who have also announced their serious intentions to develop in this new space. mobility. To a large extent, we owe this strong progress in the field of personal electric courts to the rapid development of battery technologies, electric motors and cloud services for electric vehicles and trucks. From which it follows that such a large investment by GM in the Ultium EV program will allow the company to bring large dividends in the near future.
Presentation from GM at CES 2021 in 10 minutes.