Bell Unveils eVTOL Design

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Bell Helicopter revealed a full-scale concept eVTOL on Monday, during the press day at the Consumer Electronics Show 2019 in Las Vegas. The air taxi, named Bell Nexus, is powered by a hybrid-electric propulsion system and driven by Bell’s powered-lift concept, incorporating six tilting ducted fans designed for safety and efficiency. Bell is working with Uber to create VTOLs that will operate on an aerial rideshare network in the first U.S. Uber Air cities of Dallas-Fort Worth/Frisco, Texas, and Los Angeles. Uber’s goal for these cities is make air taxis commercially available on Uber Air in 2023.

Bell is not working alone on the vehicle. Team Nexus comprises Safran, which will provide the hybrid propulsion and drive systems, EPS will provide the energy storage systems, Thales will contribute the Flight Control Computer hardware and software, Moog will develop the flight control actuation systems and Garmin will integrate the avionics and the vehicle management computer. Visitors at CES can view the prototype Tuesday through Friday.

Comments (3)

So... you'd need a rotary wing, multi-engine, commercial certificate for an "Uber" driver to fly one? Right?

Posted by: Mark Fraser | January 7, 2019 11:03 PM    Report this comment

Why in no time at all there'll be as many VTOL people mover companies as there are light sport manufacturers ... with as much success. Every time I turn around, it seems like still another "great idea" design pops out. There must be a lot of wealthy people wanting to get places fast? And revealing them not at Paris or Airventure or some other like aviation venue but at the CES. Genius! And in 25 or so years when the FAA figures out how to "manage" these things with a new FAR (after they finish dealing with drones), these things might be allowed to carry revenue passengers and begin to darken the skies. I don't know about you guys but -- to me -- it kinda looks like a UFO. Does Dr. Moller know about this?

Posted by: Larry Stencel | January 8, 2019 4:27 AM    Report this comment

The circular shrouds around the blades look cool, but must be a tremendous drag..........

Posted by: Roger Howe | January 27, 2019 1:29 PM    Report this comment

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