Lilium, the German eVTOL manufacturer, is partnering with development company Tavistock and the City of Orlando to build the first hub for a high-speed electric air mobility network in the United States by 2025. They have chosen to build at Lake Nona, one of the fastest-growing master-planned communities with urban neighborhoods, education facilities and business and entertainment centers.
Establishing the hub is the first step in Lilium’s vision to having multiple regional air mobility networks in key locations around the globe. The Lilium Jet, an electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft with 36 small tilting electric motors mounted along the top surfaces of its main wing and front canard, has a range of 186 miles (300km) within one hour on a single charge. The close proximity to Orlando International Airport means the 75 million annual visitors which pass through that airport will be able to reach most of Florida within the hour.
We are thrilled to partner with Tavistock and build the first stretch of Florida’s high-speed electric transportation network with Central Florida at its core. It shows that regional high-speed air mobility can be built by private initiative and give communities such as Lake Nona, which can also serve Orlando and arrivals from its international airport, the ability to determine themselves whether they want a link into a high-speed transportation network.
– Dr. Remo Gerber, Chief Operating Officer of Lilium
The region around Orlando is home to a vibrant aviation industry including services and pilot training. The hub vertiport is designed to reflect the iconic art within the Lake Nona community. Lilium and Tavistock are also talking about a set of standardized vertiport designs that can be pre-constructed off-site and easily incorporated into existing transportation structures in urban and suburban developments. The vertiport locations are subject to approval from multiple regulatory agencies including the Federal Aviation Administration and the Florida Department of Transportation. The Lilium Jet is currently under certification with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the FAA. Lilium is committed to have emissions-free regional air mobility service in multiple regions around the world.
For this new technology to truly reshape the transportation ecosystem and benefit Orlando residents long-term, it is going to take a true partnership between cities, developers and transportation operators. We have been focused on finding the right partners to be a global leader in the advanced air mobility space. I’m thrilled that our progressive and collaborative environment has created an opportunity for this unique partnership between the City of Orlando, Lilium and Lake Nona to invest in the expansion of safe, efficient and environmentally friendly transportation options throughout one of the fastest-growing regions in the country.
– Buddy Dyer, Mayor of City of Orlando