For the first time, the Lilium project became known in 2016. Then he declared himself as an ambitious aircraft startup with the prospect of creating a five-seat air taxi.
The German company Lilium is a "product" of the European Space Agency, specially created to solve the problem of traffic jams in cities. Its goal is to create a flying electric taxi that can be summoned using a smartphone app.
The Lilium-designed Jet can take off vertically from small areas thanks to 36 electric motors. The capacity of the batteries allows Lilium Jet to make a 300-kilometer flight without recharging.
In April 2017, the first takeoff of the two-seat prototype took place, with the transition from hovering to horizontal flight. To continue development required an additional $ 90 million, resulting in a five-seat version, which was demonstrated in early May.
Lilium's management hopes that its air taxis will “conquer” the world by 2025, with the cost of a single flight being comparable to that of a regular taxi.