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Electric Air-Taxi Revolution Gains Pace With Japan, China Deals

  • Vertical Aerospace to supply 200 eVTOLS for Tokyo Narita links
  • Volocopter builds on Geely accord with deal for 120 aircraft
The Vertical Aerospace VA-X4 eVTOL.
The Vertical Aerospace VA-X4 eVTOL.Source: Vertical Aerospace Group Ltd.
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Moves to deploy fleets of electric air taxis in some of the world’s biggest cities are gathering steam with two of the sector’s pacesetters unveiling a raft of orders.

Britain’s Vertical Aerospace Group Ltd. announced an outline deal to provide Japanese conglomerate Marubeni Corp. with 200 electric vertical takeoff and landing craft on Wednesday, a day after revealing accords with Brazil’s biggest airline and the world’s No. 1 helicopter operator.