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Personal electric VTOL (vertical take off and landing) commuting may not be far off, thanks to accelerating improvements in battery technology. Joby Aviation has put forward an incredible two-seater plane concept that uses 12 tilting electric propellers to provide multirotor-style balanced VTOL capabilities. Once it reaches cruising speeds, these rotors fold away into aerodynamic bullet shapes, and the aircraft can reach speeds of up to 200 mph (322 km/h) and ranges of up to 200 miles using four additional cruise-optimized props on the backs of the wings and tail fins.
originally posted by: anzha
1. Someone should tell them tilt rotors are hard.
2. TWELVE electric motors is asking for maintenance headaches.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: smurfy
They've had good success with electric aircraft so far. There are quite a few testing and in development.