Chinese vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) start-up Pantuo Aviation has unveiled a working prototype of the Pantala Concept H air taxi. According to official statements, the vehicle will fly at speeds of more than 300 km/h and will be able to cover more than 250 km on a single charge.
The T1 is a 1:2 scale demonstration of the Concept H designed to convince the public and potential sponsors of the efficiency and operability of this kind of taxi. A full-scale all-electric aircraft will use lithium-ion batteries and 22 electric ducted fans instead of several large rotors. It is indicated that such a design solution improves flight stability and passenger safety.
“Through the development of the T1, we also created advanced interdisciplinary simulation capabilities and validated the concept’s critical aerodynamics, electrical power system, and flight control design,” the company said.
According to Pantuo Aviation representatives, with their T1 model, they simultaneously tested the capabilities and effectiveness of a tandem layout and a ducted wing with a distributed power plant configuration. The company hopes to begin providing commercial services no later than 2027.