E-VTOL (Syllabus: GS Paper 3 – Sci and Tech)

News-CRUX-10     24th May 2024        
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Context: Indian Institute of Technology, Madras-incubated ePlane Company is expected to launch its a-flying taxis in Bengaluru this year but the Indian government has yet to establish clear policies regarding eVTOL flying taxis.

eVTOL Aircraft

  • About: An electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft utilizes electric power for vertical hovering, takeoff, and landing, distinguishing it from conventional aircraft.
  • Technological Advancements: Most eVTOLs employ distributed electric propulsion technology, integrating multiple motors into the airframe for enhanced efficiency and safety.
  • Development and Innovation: Driven by advancements in motor, battery, fuel cell, and electronic controller technologies, eVTOLs represent a significant innovation in the aerospace sector, particularly in Urban Air Mobility (UAM).
  • Applications: eVTOLs serve various purposes including air taxi services, delivery, medical emergency assistance (EMS), cargo transport, and recreational flying.
  • Enhanced Mobility: In the near future, eVTOLs are poised to revolutionize on-demand mobility, facilitating efficient intra- and intercity transportation and bridging the connectivity gap between urban centers and airports.