Joby showcases electric air taxis in New York and targets launch date in 2025 – Technology ReadingS


NEW YORK: Electric air taxis could carry passengers from JFK Airport to midtown Manhattan by 2025 in quiet, emission-free rides that take about seven minutes.

Manufacturer Joby Aviation (JOBY.N) performed an exhibition flight at New York’s Downtown Manhattan Heliport on Sunday, marking the city’s first electric air taxi flight and the first time Joby has flown in an urban environment.

JoeBen Bevirt, founder and CEO of Joby Aviation, stands next to Joby Aviation’s electric air taxi at the Downtown Manhattan Heliport in Manhattan, New York City, USA, November 12, 2023. Photo: Reuters

CEO JoeBen Bevirt said the vehicle can be recharged in about five minutes while passengers are loading and unloading. The idea is for travelers to book trips similar to a travel sharing app.

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The company, which aims to start commercial passenger service in 2025, is in the third of the five stages of the certification process by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The cost of booking the trip has yet to be confirmed, but the company has previously said it will likely be comparable to carpooling in a car.

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