e-Volo Volocopter VC200 – Electric Multirotor Helicopter (w/video)

DEC 9 2013 BY MARK KANE 14

e-Volo VC200

e-Volo VC200

In November, German company e-Volo conducted an indoor maiden flight of a pre-production version of its Volocopter VC200 – an electric helicopter.

This two-seat machine is propelled by 18 electric motors and is controlled by 20 computers. It can fly without a pilot, like it does in the maiden flight where it rises up to nearly 22 m for several minutes.

According to e-Volo, VC200 will have maximum speed of 100 km/h and maximum altitude of 2000 m. Range be over 1 hour of typical flight, but for several hours flying, a range extender version is in development.

A few days ago, e-Volo announced that, in 3 days and less than 10 hours, it raised 1,200,000 euros via crowdfunding on www.seedmatch.de, which is claimed to be a new European record.

Now we wait for the improved VC200 to debut and for its market launch.

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14 Comments on "e-Volo Volocopter VC200 – Electric Multirotor Helicopter (w/video)"

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David Murray

Pretty cool. I’d actually feel safer in this than a regular helicopter since I would imagine a single engine failure won’t send you to your death. Even if they used a serial hybrid drivetrain, if the ICE failed the battery could probably still have enough power to give you a safe emergency landing. I bet this thing is much quieter than a regular helicopter too.

Open-Mind

I’m a big fan of multi-rotors, but to be fair, single-rotor engine-failure “auto-rotation” landings are a skill that is routinely practiced:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2a9H8Xw8Mo

A zero-damage landing just requires altitude and an experienced pilot.

“e-Volo VC200″… how German. I think it should be called “Snowflake”

I don’t speak German.. did they say the range (distance)?
It sounded a bit like a swarm of bumblebees to me.

Cavaron

It’s capable of a one hour flight with 100km/h, that gives you a range of about 100km 🙂 And they say the Volo has a built in parachute.

I’m guessing the range is less than 1/2 that. Lots of energy for takeoff, then accel to 100km/h. It’s probably using considerably kWh at 100 km/h. Also need to keep in mind the radius since you need a return trip.

John Hollenberg

I hope that 100 km range is not the same as the “100 miles range” of a Nissan Leaf! Gives “range anxiety” a whole new meaning.

Here’s another electric helicopter (2010)

Sikorsky Firefly

jzj

I’d be curious as to the use of this vehicle: are there helicoptors presently used with such limited capabilities?

You can pay $200/person to take a ride through the Grand Canyon. With such low fuel costs, this could be a money maker.

GeorgeS

wow,
this thing is trick!

Anon

Awesome design. Very quiet for a copter…

Ocean Railroader

This helocopter looks like the air ship from the movie Pokemon 2000 owned by the character Lawrence the Third. http://pokemon.wikia.com/wiki/Flying_Palace It is one of the most top heavy and strangest looking ships that I thought would not be able to fly. But apparently these people have made something that looks like it to where it could possibly fly.

Priusmaniac

Looks like the Amazon deliveries can now be 1000 times heavier. Will we have a model S delivered by Amazon soon?

I wonder what is the specification of the electric motors and battery capacity.