Volocopter, a pioneer in urban air mobility, has announced the opening of its production facilities in Bruchsal, Germany, marking a significant milestone in the development of electric air taxis. The new hangar, which will host the company’s final assembly line and airfield for conducting development flight tests and quality checks, has the capacity to assemble 50+ VoloCity aircraft each year. All company-owned production sites will ramp up into full operation in April, manufacturing the first EASA-certified electric air taxis. From this facility, electric air taxis made in Germany will be deployed globally, offering commercial services from 2024.
Volocopter has been expanding its production setup in Bruchsal over the past 18 months and holds approval as a production organization in compliance with EASA regulation since 2021. This certification covers the entire VoloCity production process, including the manufacturing of carbon fiber parts, the electric propulsion unit, final assembly, and extensive end-of-line flight tests.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on April 4, 2023, at the hangar, which also featured a crewed flight of the Volocopter 2X. The event was attended by key guests, including Dr. Volker Wissing, Federal Minister of Digital Affairs and Transport, and Mr. Winfried Kretschmann, Minister of the State of Baden-Württemberg, among others.
Dirk Hoke, CEO of Volocopter, expressed his excitement, stating that the facility would produce aircraft that would change how humanity moves around cities and make the world more sustainable. Meanwhile, Andreas Fehring, Chief Supply Chain Officer of Volocopter, praised his team for doing a phenomenal job, describing the VoloCity as an aircraft they are ready to produce, with enough leeway for further learning derived from flight testing.
Volocopter is committed to transforming urban transportation by developing electrically powered air taxis. With its family of aircraft, the company takes a unique approach by developing UAM as a holistic ecosystem. As the first and only electric vertical takeoff and landing company to receive Design Organization Approval from EASA and over ten years of development experience, Volocopter is a clear leader in this airspace. The German company has committed to launching commercial air taxi services in cities like Singapore, Rome, NEOM, and Paris as early as 2024.
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