An American company and L&T arms will jointly develop an electric air taxi

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NEW DELHI: A subsidiary of Indian engineering giant L&T will develop an eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) air taxi in conjunction with a Texas-based aerospace company, Stroll Air Mobility. L&T Technology Services Ltd (LTTS) says it has won a multi-year, $100 million electric air mobility contract with Jaunt, whose design and manufacturing center is located in Montreal, Canada. As part of the contract, LTTS announces that it will open an engineering and R&D center in Canada “for the next-generation electric aircraft manufacturer to provide engineering services for the eVTOL air taxi.”
Union Minister of Aviation JM Scindia had recently invited eVTOL manufacturers to come to India to set up manufacturing units and operate services there. Sources claim that the L&T-Jaunt spacecraft may have its pilot tests in the United States first, then travel to India and other countries. The American firm would have “taken an interest in India”.

“LTTS will provide structural design analysis, certification assistance, and manufacturing engineering services for the ‘Jaunt Travel Program.’ We will also provide services to support flight control integration, air data management and cockpit display systems. In addition to using (our) current development centers in the United States and India, LTTS will open an engineering center in the province of Quebec,” LTTS said in a statement.

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Jaunt is deploying a new generation of sustainable aircraft to meet the growing demand for faster urban and regional travel. These eVTOLs take off like a helicopter and transition to flight like a fixed-wing aircraft. “These new air taxis will make it possible to travel more than 110 km in the air in 25 minutes or less, with affordable travel costs for the population. The Jaunt Journey, a single-pilot aircraft, will carry four passengers. The vehicle will offer urban air mobility, cargo delivery, military missions and medical transport,” the statement added.
A Jaunt preview of eVTOL shows a comparison of time and cost per passenger to travel between Manhattan and JFK Airport: Uber X takes 75 minutes and costs $355; chopper takes 20 minutes and cuts $355 and he estimates eVTOL takes 20 minutes at a cost of $45.
Jaunt CEO and CTO, Martin Peryea, said, “At Jaunt, our vision is to usher in a new-age range of city shuttles that are fast, safe and convenient. This new clean and sustainable aircraft will reduce carbon emissions worldwide. Strategically, we continue to grow our Tier 1 partnerships and recognize LTTS as the most suitable engineering partner, and together we are confident to drive commercialization at scale.”
LTTS is a listed subsidiary of L&T specializing in engineering and R&D services. Its aerospace and defense business unit provides design, development, test and disassembly services on structures, avionics, flight controls and management. Late last month, it opened a design center in Airbus’ hometown of Toulouse, France.

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