Both experts in their respective fields, the two companies are looking to explore the future “premium urban air mobility market” that they expect to start taking off – sorry – around 2025 (following data from a 2018 Porsche study). Using solely electric power, could their new aerial vehicle be the future of premium urban transport?
Porsche and Boeing certainly think so, with both companies signing a Memorandum of Understanding to explore how personal aerial mobility could evolve over the coming years and the associated technologies that it’ll require. Whilst there’s currently no timeframe for the project, both Porsche and Boeing have committed to supplying engineers to the venture.
Following the highly anticipated release of Porsche’s first all-electric vehicle – the Porsche Taycan – and ahead of a number of other all-electric Porsche models, the brand have expressed that the next generation of the technology may come with personal vehicles that can take to the sky; solving the issue of ever-growing city populations.
Speaking of the partnership Detlev von Platen, Porsche Sales and Marketing boss, 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"
"We are combining the strengths of two leading global companies to address a potential key market segment of the future.”
As the partnership is still very new, we don’t have all that many details when it comes to the craft that they’ll actually develop. What we do know, however, is that it’ll be an all-electric aircraft, that’s aimed at the premium market and is capable of vertical takeoff and landing.
Alongside the actual aerial vehicle, both companies will create a team that aims to explore the future of urban air travel, the use cases for such a vehicle and the market potential.
Bit of an interesting one, this. We’ve seen a few other projects like this over the last year or so but, thanks to the involvement of Boeing, it’s hard not to be a bit intrigued about where this one will end up going. We’ll keep you posted about any developments that happen but, in the meantime, we’d like to know what you think! Let us know on Facebook, Linkedin or Twitter.