Two firms will explore the viability of urban air travel and produce a prototype

Porsche and Boeing are developing an electric flying car concept as part of a new partnership exploring the “premium urban air mobility market”, the two brands have announced. 

Engineers from both companies will work on the project to implement and test a prototype, but no timeframe has been given for the endeavour. 

Porsche has recently entered the electric vehicle market with its Taycan sports saloon and wants to diversify further beyond its traditional market. 

Sales and marketing boss Detlev von Platen, commenting on the memorandum of understanding between Porsche and Boeing, said: “Porsche is looking to enhance its scope as a sports car manufacturer by becoming a leading brand for premium mobility. In the longer term, this could mean moving into the third dimension of travel."

He continued: “We are combining the strengths of two leading global companies to address a potential key market segment of the future.”

Alongside the flying car concept, known as a fully electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle, the two firms will create a team to explore urban air travel, including the market potential for premium vehicles and possible use cases.

A 2018 study by Porsche Consulting forecast that the urban air mobility market will gain traction after 2025. The research also indicated that urban air transport will allow passengers to move more quickly and efficiently than using current conventional transport, at a lower cost and with greater flexibility.

There has been a number of flying car projects announced in recent years, as the industry seeks to address growing populations in cities around the world. Despite hype around projects such as Uber’s flying car, Pal-V Liberty and Terrafugia TF-X, none is yet in service, no doubt hampered by legislation. 

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11 October 2019

Ignore the flying car, it is the eVTOL that both parties are interested in.

Boeing is interested in partnering on medium volume production and electric drivetrain technologies, that plus dealling with a premium consumer market.

The end point for eVTOL will be as a mass transit augmentation system doing 20-100 mile journies, the interim point will be something that is effectively a half price helicopter.

11 October 2019
Torque Stear wrote:

Ignore the flying car, it is the eVTOL that both parties are interested in.

Boeing is interested in partnering on medium volume production and electric drivetrain technologies, that plus dealling with a premium consumer market.

The end point for eVTOL will be as a mass transit augmentation system doing 20-100 mile journies, the interim point will be something that is effectively a half price helicopter.

 

Boeing was once a proud engineering company but now is one that takes unacceptable risks in the name of shareholder return (and executive pay).

Given Porsche's closeness to the Dieselgate scandal, I am very surprised they are getting involved with this.

11 October 2019
scrap wrote:

Torque Stear wrote:

Ignore the flying car, it is the eVTOL that both parties are interested in.

Boeing is interested in partnering on medium volume production and electric drivetrain technologies, that plus dealling with a premium consumer market.

The end point for eVTOL will be as a mass transit augmentation system doing 20-100 mile journies, the interim point will be something that is effectively a half price helicopter.

 

Boeing was once a proud engineering company but now is one that takes unacceptable risks in the name of shareholder return (and executive pay).

Given Porsche's closeness to the Dieselgate scandal, I am very surprised they are getting involved with this.

 

Congratulations for possibly the most ignorant comment I have ever seen on the Autocar forum. Boeing are responsible for more pollution to the environment than every single manufacturer under the VW/Porsche umbrella. What does being a proud company have to do with collaboration to make travel cleaner? Your statement is an oxymoron.

 

12 October 2019
Dilly wrote:

scrap wrote:

Torque Stear wrote:

Ignore the flying car, it is the eVTOL that both parties are interested in.

Boeing is interested in partnering on medium volume production and electric drivetrain technologies, that plus dealling with a premium consumer market.

The end point for eVTOL will be as a mass transit augmentation system doing 20-100 mile journies, the interim point will be something that is effectively a half price helicopter.

 

Boeing was once a proud engineering company but now is one that takes unacceptable risks in the name of shareholder return (and executive pay).

Given Porsche's closeness to the Dieselgate scandal, I am very surprised they are getting involved with this.

 

Congratulations for possibly the most ignorant comment I have ever seen on the Autocar forum. Boeing are responsible for more pollution to the environment than every single manufacturer under the VW/Porsche umbrella. What does being a proud company have to do with collaboration to make travel cleaner? Your statement is an oxymoron.

 

 

Your comment is ironic right? You've misread my point - if you are looking for ignorance, try a mirror.

11 October 2019

The flying car has been imagined a million times. This one is so wide, it won't even fit on the road... 

11 October 2019

At least there are an almost endless number of people earning enough from Google, and other SPAM to afford a flying car. Perhaps Porsche and Boing are onto something

11 October 2019

The abbreviated names put together makes an unfortunate WW1 insult to Germans.

 

Oh dear....

13 October 2019

...20 years away. And always will be. 

13 October 2019
The flying car story is even more annoying than the SPAM.

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