New UFO-Like Flying Taxi
New Personal eVTOL Z2 by Zeva Aero of Tacoma, WA
Source: Zeva Aero
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Tacoma, Washington based Zeva Aero's new electric vertical take-off and landing vehicle Z2 is a personal aircraft designed for personal commuting, cargo deliveries, military operations and search and rescue missions. The vehicle has some unique capabilities including the capacity to park itself on the side of buildings so that the passengers can go in and out of the building onto the eVTOL through a window. This is Zeva Aero's second prototype flying taxi after Zeva Aero's Zeva Zero. Z2 is larger, faster, more efficient with bigger propellers. This prototype should be ready for further development by the end of 2022.
Z2 has four rotors. The range is 50 mph and top speed is 160 mph. The blended wing configuration of the aircraft makes it look like a flying saucer when it hovers or is flying on its side. It tilts forward for forward flight with the pilot flying face down on their stomach, the company says, "like Batman". Zeva Aero is developing a second model to carry two people. It is also developing a very innovative Sky Docks system that would serve as parking spaces for the flying taxis on the windows of tall buildings. The Sky Docks would help to reduce parking spaces for the eVTOLS on the ground.
Next steps for Z2 are piloted air testing flights. Zeva wants to secure an FAA airworthiness certificate within two years. It hopes to launch air taxi services by 2025. The Z2 is so compact it can fit into a traditional car parking spot.