German urban air mobility developer Volocopter has established a new partnership with Italy’s largest airport operator with the aim of starting to develop the infrastructure that will enable electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) operations in Rome and in other parts of the country, according to an Oct. 27 announcement from the two companies.
As part of this new partnership, Rome has become one of the first cities in Europe to commit to setting up electric air taxi operations in the near future, following the commitment made last year by Paris to install electric air taxis there in time for the 2024 Olympics. In collaboration with Italian authorities and regulators and with the full support of Atlantia, Aeroporti di Roma (ADR) and Volocopter will raise public awareness of the UAM and will bring it to Italy in the next 2-3 years.
âWe are convinced that the collaboration between ADR and Volocopter can lead, in the short term, to important innovations from an industrial point of view. These two companies are strongly focused on the development of sustainable businesses and have strong technical expertise, âCarlo Bertazzo, CEO of Atlantia said in a statement. âAs Atlantia, we will continue to support the diffusion of urban air mobility in our international hub. in Rome and in our airport system in Nice, Cannes and Saint Tropez, proud to develop new transport technology that we can then export to our other European airports, as well as globally.
Volocopter describes ADR as being industrially and technologically engaged in the development of new vertiports in support of the new partnership. In particular, the new service will connect the international hub “Leonardo da Vinci” to various locations in Rome, via vertical airports. In addition to the new partnership, Atlantia has also recently become an investor in Volocopter.
Volocopter is exhibiting its VoloCity air taxi at Fiumicino Airport this week, with plans to move it to Piazza San Silvestro in Rome, Italy next week.
The partnership to bring eVTOL flights to Italy is the latest development for the German manufacturer of eVTOL, following a recent joint venture agreement with Aerofugia which will be operated as Volocopter Chengdu in China. Volocopter is developing two electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, VoloCity and VoloConnect, and a heavy transport drone, VoloDrone.