This five-seat VTOL electric aircraft, developed by Shanghai-based Pantuo Aviation, will be capable of speeds of more than 300 km per hour and could have a range of more than 250 km.
The PANTALA Concept H is a five-seat electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft developed by Shanghai-based Pantuo Aviation. It will be capable of speeds in excess of 300 km per hour and may have a range of over 250 km.
This concept electric aircraft is designed around the following idea:
“Shape the future of sustainable mobility of people through the symbiosis of design, experience and technology”
The electric flying taxi is powered by lithium-ion batteries and is equipped with 22 electric duct fans. The wings of the aircraft will be able to tilt to switch from vertical to normal flight.
Pantuo Aviation announces that large-diameter distributed electric duct fans are replacing rotors in traditional helicopters and current-generation open eVTOL propellers. These fans provide huge thrust and maneuverability during hovering, significantly reduce noise during operation, and provide passengers with an increased level of safety.
The Chinese company also claims that the design eVTOL will PANTALA Concept H achieve a level of safety similar to that of large passenger aircraft. The innovative power wing tilt system and its clean aerodynamic shape ensure high speed and long range flight.
The concept features a spacious, open and streamlined interior that will allow passengers to experience more pleasure than in a luxury sedan.
The improved human-machine interface in the cab design aims to simplify vehicle operation, reduce operating costs and improve safety.
The highly redundant next-generation core integrated vehicle system and power systems allow the concept to reach the safety level of a large passenger airliner. At the same time, its advanced computing power and networking capabilities make it ready for the coming autonomy revolution.
The PANTALA Concept H air taxi is currently at the concept stage. Development of the full model is expected to begin in 2022, and the company hopes to be certified and start its taxi service no later than 2027.
Pantuo Aviation says the company will initially initiate a certification program with the Civil Aviation Administration of China, but plans to expand outside the country.
“When the aircraft is certified, it will enter service in the Chinese market. Ultimately, we will aim to work with the FAA and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency to obtain certifications in the US and Europe. Expansion of the market abroad is part of our plans,” said a spokesman for Pantuo Aviation.
The Pantala Concept H bears a resemblance to the Lilium Jet flying taxi (read about it here ☛), which is at a more advanced stage of development. Moreover, the Lilium Jet concept is already built and flying, and its commercial operation should begin as early as 2024.
However, if Pantuo Aviation manages to create an aircraft that looks as brilliant and impressive as the rendered images and videos (see below), then it could become a serious contender in the flying taxi market.