Munich-based start-up Vaeridion wants to bring a small airplane to market by 2030, which will be driven exclusively electrically with a range of 500km on one battery charge. So far, the aircraft known as the Microliner has existed as a draft, and one model is said to be on display at the ILA Air Show, which begins June 22 in Berlin.
The Munich-based company is pursuing what they believe is a new approach to their Microliner. Instead of focusing on powerful engines like others, they care about the wing design. “The role of wings in aerodynamics and energy efficiency has too often been overlooked,” says Ivor van Dartel, CEO of Vaerfion.
For the design of the wings, the developers were inspired by glider pilots. Batteries must be housed in the wings and not in the fuselage, as is usually the case. In this way, the structural weight and range could be optimized, says the Munich-based company.
Nine passengers are to be accommodated in the Microliner, which can travel between major airports, regional airports and smaller airports. For business people, it would be an emission-free and time-saving alternative, especially as the closest airport is less than 20km away for 80% of Munich’s population, Munich citizens say.
The concept is also important as short-haul flights with combustion engines are heavily criticized and are even banned in some countries. There would be no need to invest billions in new infrastructure from the state or private sector, and airports could also provide electricity for electric airplanes with their own solar systems.
According to Vaeridion, in a first round of financing it managed to raise 3.2 million euros. 15 aviation and business experts work for the company. Wright Electric originally designed a nine-passenger electric plane. In early 2020, the US company announced plans to build an aircraft for 186 passengers with the Wright 1. According to the company’s goal, it should be possible to fly 1200 km without emissions by 2040.