As advanced air mobility continues to transform the future of air transport, eVTOL technology has emerged as a cost-efficient and sustainable way of moving goods and passengers. A tech startup sets new standards for aviation’s future after shattering the world record for the longest eVTOL flight.
Shanghai-based global eVTOL developer Autoflight has reached a significant milestone with its eVTOL aircraft Prosperity I. The drone recently completed a successful test flight of 250.3 km in a single charge – the most extended range an eVTOL aircraft has performed.
Prosperity I is a flying cab that can take off vertically using eight fixed propellers, fly up to 250 km, and carry up to four passengers, including the pilot. With a stunning distance, Autoflight has showcased the incredible potential of electric aircraft to revolutionize how we travel.
AutoFlight has successfully applied its eVTOL technology in China’s logistics industry, receiving positive reviews and increasing demand. During the COVID-19 pandemic, AutoFlight used eVTOL to transport test samplers to Xi’an, Shaanxi province. China plans to certify it for European and US markets in 2025.
Prosperity I’s long-haul test flight showcases China’s growing competition in the eVTOL sector. But Autoflight is not the only company dedicated to taking EVs to the skies. Carmakers like Zhejiang Geely Holding Group and Xpeng Motors also announced their test flights of eVTOL prototypes.
In November 2021, Autoflight landed a $100 million investment in Series A funding from Team Global, a Berlin-based technology company. Soon, the company will apply for an EASA certification to use Prosperity I for cargo transportation. EASA approval will help expand the company’s annual product line to 1,000 units.
AutoFlight also plans to expand eVTOL’s activities beyond logistics, such as transporting tools, materials, and goods to remote areas like islands, mountains, and deserts and for emergency rescue work.
With this world record, Autoflight has demonstrated that eVTOL technology is a practical and reliable solution for modern air transportation. This milestone accelerates the development of more advanced and capable electric aircraft.