Electric mobility is taking shape in Italy and the French Riviera according to Lilium, developer of the all-electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) jet, and UrbanV, a vertiport design and management company, which have announced their partnership for the development of Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) infrastructure. The companies’ partnership to develop vertiport infrastructure will enable eVTOL networks for Lilium aircraft and customers with an initial focus on Italy and the French Riviera, where UrbanV says it will launch its operations, with potential for further markets in the future.
UrbanV says it brings “efficient and sustainable advanced air mobility to urban centres with its extensive design and infrastructure expertise for the development of vertiports.” Lilium says that it will benefit from UrbanV’s strong foothold and key airport access in Rome, Venice, Bologna, Nice, Cannes, St. Tropez, and surrounding areas.
According to the press release “The initial focus will be on creating the infrastructure to enable the first sustainable eVTOL routes. Vertiports – take-off and landing areas for eVTOL aircraft the size of a helipad – are a key component in realising the enormous potential of the Lilium Jet. Vertiports provide access to sustainable, high-speed, and affordable services to connect communities. Lilium and UrbanV’s partnership will facilitate the movement of people more rapidly and efficiently while being instrumental in delivering some of the first premium eVTOL flights within Europe.”
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