A Palo Alto start-up has suddenly jumped out of incognito mode, putting the design of another eVTOL air taxi on a growing pile of products,media reported. Archer is understood to have proposed a transitional winged aircraft powered by a large lithium-ion battery and promised to fly 60 miles (96 km) in “worst case” with a top speed of 150mph (240km/h).
The plane’s fixed wing is fitted with six forward rotors, as well as six for vertical lift, eVTOL news reported. What is unusual, however, is that the company has released new details of its battery pack: a 143kWh battery pack that, according to Archer, can bring 26kWh of VTOL and Hover Energy, 80kWh of high-energy life and 37kWh of emergency reserve energy (to support 60mph/96km flight). The battery accounts for one-third of the weight of the fuselage — which can hold four passengers.
Although there is not a lot of other information at this stage, but can still feel Archer’s serious attitude. Earlier this year, Airbus shut down the Vahana project, from which Archer drew a large number of top talent, as well as wisk Aero and Joby Aviation. Currently, there are 44 members of the team, and at the same time it is expanding in moderation.
The company is understood to have set up an office in Silicon Valley next to Palo Alto Airport and has promised to have an 80% demo machine in service by 2021. At present, the design work is still in progress.