Toray Industries, Inc. has concluded an agreement with Munich-based Lilium GmbH to supply carbon fiber composite materials for its Lilium Jet.
Lilium is developing this all-electric, vertical take-off and landing aircraft to deliver clean, regional air mobility as early as 2025.
Regional air mobility could help reduce traffic congestion, noise and air pollution in crowded cities. Entities around the world are developing airframes and operational systems for air taxi services. Governments are working on regulatory frameworks. Lilium is spearheading the quest to manufacture air vehicles and develop and commercialize services.
Carbon fiber composite materials are vital to lighten such vehicles as the Lilium Jet. Toray is deepening ties with Lilium and other manufacturers while continuing to innovate materials that contribute to progress with these transportation platforms by enhancing performance, conserving energy and lowering costs.
The Lilium Jet will take up to four passengers and can fly up to 300 kilometers in less than 60 minutes. Carbon fiber composite materials will be used for its fuselage, wings, rotor vanes and other structural components.