AutoFlight shares proof of concept of eVTOL “Prosperity I” air taxi with video footage of it transitioning from vertical to horizontal flight through the air

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AutoFlight has moved closer to passenger flights in its eVTOL air taxi by introducing a proof-of-concept version called “Prosperity I”, alongside a first look at the eVTOL in the air. Additionally, AutoFlight released teaser images of “Prosperity I” transitioning from vertical takeoff rotors to horizontal flight in the air.

AutoFlight is an R&D specialist focused on autonomous flight and eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) technology based in Shanghai. The company evolved from a consumer drone company called Yuneec, both founded by Tian Yu.

AutoFlight has since transitioned from R&D to aircraft manufacturing, successfully launching three eVTOL vehicles, while reaching mass production on his V50 White Shark drone (Unmanned aerial vehicle).

The aforementioned “Prosperity I” is a proof-of-concept based on AutoFlight’s V1500M eVTOL air taxi, which completed its maiden voyage last October as it works towards certification in China. Earlier this month, we announced that AutoFlight also hopes to achieve eVTOL air taxi certification in Europe, locating manufacturing and testing in Germany.

As AutoFlight works on passenger flights in 2025, it has begun sharing actual flight footage of the eVTOL “Prosperity I” air taxi, which is capable of “lifting and navigating” through the air.

“Prosperity I” in full flight / Source: AutoFlight

AutoFlight’s eVTOL air taxi can take off vertically, then cruise

More details and images from “Prosperity I” have been revealed in a YouTube video posted by AutoFlight, which included an introduction from Founder and CEO Tian Yu. Yu mentions that eVTOL has been continuously working on test flights lately and shares what the final design of “Prosperity I” will look like.

The eVTOL air taxi can carry three passengers in addition to the pilot, with a takeoff weight of up to 1,500 kg (~3,300 lb). The carbon fiber fuselage carries eight lifting rotors on two booms located safely above the cabin, unlike many eVTOL competitors.

For forward flight, the eVTOL aircraft uses its two rear pusher propellers, providing a cruise speed of 200 km/h (124 mph) and a range of 250 km (155 miles). Combined, these propellers create what AutoFlight calls its “elevator and cruise” configuration.

The result is an eVTOL aircraft that can easily transition from vertical to level flight by stopping and locking the lift rotors and allowing the rear propellers to push the aircraft forward.

Earlier today, AutoFlight showed a teaser video of this transition on YouTube, ahead of a full reveal in February. Take a look and notice the propellers stop, followed by the AutoFlight air taxi gliding through the air:

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