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Electric Vertical Take off and Landing (eVTOL)

Context: The government of India is exploring the possibility of inviting manufacturers of Electric Vertical Take off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft to set up a base in India.  

Key Points:

  • Electric Vertical Take off and Landing (eVTOL) is a technology grown on account of successes in electric propulsion based on progress in motor, battery, fuel cell and electronic controller technologies and also fuelled by the need for new vehicle technology that ensures urban air mobility (UAM). 
  • eVTOL aircraft is one that uses electric power to hover, take off, and land vertically. 
  • Most eVTOLs use distributed electric propulsion technology which means integrating a complex propulsion system with the airframe. There are multiple motors for various functions; to increase efficiency and to also ensure safety.

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