martinwinlow October 28, 2019 04:05 AM "... very limited flight capability somewhere around the 20-minute mark..." AT 80kph, any city in the world could be 100% serviced by exiting 20 minute range electric VTOL machines. martinwinlow October 28, 2019 04:17 AM Wy, oh why, oh why... put the batteries in the *roof*???!!! George Kafantaris October 28, 2019 06:37 AM “[T]here does appear to be another option: hydrogen. Hydrogen hasn't taken over in the automotive world due to storage and distribution challenges ... but its energy density is excellent ... enough to make air taxis a realistic commercial possibility -- using today's technology.” You bet. paul314 October 28, 2019 07:03 AM That would be three people if one of them is a child. Otherwise they would have to be model-thin and not carrying luggage. Towerman October 28, 2019 07:51 AM why do they showcase this if it will not be built, disappointing...anyway i like the skai more, it's still my favourite... i just wish they can give us a demo flight it's obvious that the design is sound, we need to see it fly ! Nothing not a peep since the New Atlas article... :( Hydrogen fc's is one way forward, batteries will catch up, the question is just, which will mature first. @editor, bring back the latest volo review on the front page list ! Mzungu_Mkubwa October 28, 2019 08:38 AM If by "modular" they meant that the top chassis(rotors/battery/flight control systems) separated from the "pod" below, this could be a very interesting design. If the top chassis could fly independently, it could land the pod, separate, and fly to its own servicing/charging station away from the pod's contents, e.g. passengers, or even on to the next pod/load to be flown, were the battery pack swappable as well. This would facilitate a lot of flexibility in making this a public-transport system, allowing a continuous flow of use. michael_dowling October 28, 2019 09:38 AM paul314 : 250 kg is 551 pounds,so yes, it could lift two average American people. michael_dowling October 28, 2019 09:42 AM George Kafantaris: Agreed. Elon Musk calls FCEVs bullshit. However, H2 fuelled fuel cells could indeed make these air taxis useful. https://www.zdnet.com/article/hydrogen-powered-air-taxi-yup-its-real/ Towerman October 28, 2019 10:48 AM Lol @michael_dowling ""paul314 : 250 kg is 551 pounds,so yes, it could lift two average American people."" indeed 80kgs + is the average for the rest, so 3 people it is. Towerman October 28, 2019 10:52 AM If Elon calls BS on FC, then he'd better put his money where his mouth is and show us his prototype giga factory battery that will give us 400 miles on a charge, for manned drones, if not let him build us a FC. Either way he's got the $$$ so put up because you can ??, or shut up.