The eVTOLs will also need recharging, and these 1,500-watt charging points will be able to do this in 30 minutes.
In the same way that electric cars need charging points, eVTOLs (or fast take-off and landing electric vehicles) will also require a plug to charge. But of course, it is not the same to load a Tesla than to load an air taxi that can transport people in the air. You need a lot more power for that.
How much? Lilium, responsible for one of the flying taxi projects with the most prospects for the future, proves this with its new proposal for vehicle charging points developed together with ABB. This point will have a power of 1,500 watts with currents of 3,000 amps, which can pass through a single cable and plug. The maximum theoretical load can be as high as 4,500 megawatts.
Less loading time, more profitability
These powers are scary, but they would be able to charge a Lilium eVTOL 0 to 100% of your battery in 30 minutes or from 0 to 80% in half the time. An air taxi must be profitable and only generates income when it is transporting people, so loading times must be kept to a minimum.
Lilium calculates that half an hour of charging would allow her eVTOL to do between 20 and 25 daily trips, knowing that its range is 250 km at a speed that it wants to be 282 km / h. In other words, fly from Valencia to Murcia in less than an hour and cover that route roundtrip 10 or 12 times a day.
These powerful charging points too could be used by other electric vehicles, such as trucks or motorhomes. The company would build so-called ‘vertiports’, small airports that would load the eVTOLs and would be the point for travelers to get on them.
The downside, of course, is all the energy required to run a complex with multiple charging points. The electrical infrastructure necessary to achieve this is no joke, and we are in a time when some governments are already thinking about how to avoid possible blackouts that would cause the charging of electric vehicles for the entire population.