Electric propulsion is different from conventional aircraft power. Just how dissimilar was made clear at Uber’s Elevate Summit in Dallas in April, where the ride-hailing company assembled representatives of the entire ecosystem needed to realize its vision of urban air transport. That vision is of electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) air taxis shuttling between vertiports, above the congested traffic in major cities. It requires technology that is not all in place yet, ...

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