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Lilium raises $90 Million for flying electric taxi that is targeting commercial operation in 2025

• nextbigfuture.com by brian wang

Lilium will grow their current team of more than 70. In April they achieved a world first when the full size prototype successfully performed its most complicated manoeuver – transitioning between hover mode and horizontal flight.

In April, Lilium announced a world-first test flight of its all electric, two-seater, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) prototype. Lilium expects the first functional crewed jet to take off in 2019, and the on-demand feature to go live in 2025.

The five-seat all-electric will have vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL). The funding will shift Lilium into accelerated development mode, bringing the company's vision of ubiquitous and affordable zero-emissions air taxis – summoned at the tap of a smartphone – closer to realization.

The jet requires no significant infrastructure and they will be able to bring high speed transportation services to small cities and villages as well as large city centres for the first time.

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