The electric air taxi could transport passengers from John F Kennedy Airport, commonly abbreviated to JFK, to downtown Manhattan by 2025. This quiet, emission-free journey takes about seven minutes.
Electric air taxi manufacturer Joby Aviation promises that this new mode of transportation will be “groundbreaking.” They hope that this taxi can start serving commercial passengers in 2025.
Joby Aviation founder and CEO Joeben Bervit called this silent aircraft a breakthrough in environmentally friendly transportation.
“This is our electric air taxi. This aircraft takes off and lands vertically, transitions, flies on wings. This taxi can carry a pilot and four passengers and fly at speeds of up to more than 320 kilometers per hour. That means the flight from Manhattan to JFK will take just seven minutes.”
Joby Aviation conducts a flight demo at its downtown Manhattan Heliport in New York. This is the first electric air taxi flight in the city and the first time Joby has flown in an urban area.
According to the company, the plane only takes about five minutes to recharge. This is the same as the time needed for passengers to get on or off the taxi.
The idea is that passengers will book these air taxis through transit apps, as they are known so far. However, how much it costs has not been confirmed.
New York Mayor Eric Adams witnessed a test flight of the electric air taxi. He wants to position New York City as a global leader in sustainable transportation.
JoeBen Bevirt, founder and CEO of Joby Aviation, stands near Joby Aviation’s electric air taxi at the Downtown Manhattan Heliport in Manhattan, New York City, USA, November 12, 2023. (REUTERS/Roselle Chen)
“Here at the Downtown Manhattan Heliport, we will build the world’s first heliport with the infrastructure for this kind of electric-powered helicopter. This is a bold new vision of what we want to achieve as a city. “We know how important it is to reduce noise, and I just found out how far sound can travel,” said Eric Adams.
Joby Aviation is now in the third of five stages of obtaining certification from the Federal Aviation Administration or FAA. The company has also increased production of these aircraft. (ka/ab)