Its for 1 hours flights. A very big portion of domestic airline traffic has routes that aren’t very far.
Sometimes island to island etc.
The startup vedder is part of isnt aiming for long travel commercial planes. They’re going for a 10-15 passanger solution for shorter commutes. Which absolutelty makes sense. The founder is pretty well read guy that has published sevral studies on the matter. So I’m fairly confident that they’ve done their homework. Hard to get funding from the EU otherwise.
Making a automotive ESC is also a regulatory nightmare. You need ISO26262 as a minimum and theres already an abundance of third party ESCs for that need, so competing with a modular ESC for a specific use vs others that already has a market share. Really dsn’t make a lot of sense.
Thats whitout even touching the opensource problem. Name one car manufacturer besides Tesla that is keen on sharing design
I find it hard to believe that funding was granted on the basis of practicality.
Even a small intercity flight here is like 90 minutes. An aircraft limited to a 1hr flight time would only be good for things like skydiving runs and small personal aircraft.
We just don’t have the Wh/Kg technology to make it practical.
I see your point about Vedder not competing with big car manufacturers. I still think the car manus should work with Vedder (if he were willing). It would be more beneficial for humanity in the short run.
Idk what you’re referring to, Tesla doesn’t like to share anything, least of all it’s designs. Ain’t no Model S GitHub.