Premium Air Mobility Porsche and Boeing to collaborate on the development of electric aircraft
The German automobile manufacturer Porsche and the US-American aviation company Boeing have signed a letter of intent to collaborate on the development of a study for a premium aircraft for urban airspace.
The cooperation of Porsche and Boeing will start with an international team of employees from both companies working on different aspects of urban air mobility. The initial focus will be the analysis of the market potential for premium aircraft and potential business models.
The consortium of Porsche, Boeing and Aurora Flight Sciences, a subsidiary of Boeing, is working on a concept for a fully electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft. Engineers from each company and specialized subsidiaries will be involved in the development of a prototype.
“This collaboration builds on our efforts to develop a safe and efficient new mobility ecosystem, and provides an opportunity to investigate the development of a premium urban air mobility vehicle with a leading automotive brand," said Steve Nordlund, Vice President, and General Manager Boeing NeXt. The Boeing NeXt development department has been researching the urban mobility of the future for years and is developing concepts for safe urban airspace in which autonomous and piloted aircraft can operate concurrently.
With a study conducted in 2018, Porsche Consulting predicted that the market for urban air mobility would accelerate from 2025 onwards. The faster and more efficient transportation of passengers by aviation holds great potential for cost reduction and greater flexibility in contrast to conventional means of transport tied to existing routes.
The cooperation is part of a growing list of car manufacturers, especially from the premium segment, who are testing new mobility concepts in urban airspace. Daimler has invested in the aviation taxi pioneer Volocopter, in which the Chinese automobile manufacturer Geely also has a stake. Audi joined the Pop.Up Next project in 2018, which is being further developed together with Airbus and Italdesign.