Volocopter to sell 150 air taxis to China JV

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German flying taxi startup Volocopter will sell 150 electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft to its joint venture with a unit of Chinese automaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group.

Volocopter, which counts Daimler, BlackRock and Intel Capital as some of its investors, said it expects the partnership to bring the air taxis to China within the next three to five years.

China represents the “biggest single market opportunity” for the urban air mobility industry, said Florian Reuter, Volocopter’s CEO, in a statement.

Volocopter did not disclose any financial details of the sale. The company in April had announced the formation of the joint venture with Zhejiang Geely’s Aerofugia.

Volocopter, which has raised EUR 322 million ($377.87 million) from its investors, added that Zhejiang Geely’s top boss Daniel Li Donghui had joined its advisory board.

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