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    Archer: Another eVTOL startup from California
    With the Californian company Archer, another startup for electric flight taxis is announcing itself. Archer can count on solvent investors - and developers from well-known companies - in the race for dominance in electric drones.


    Archer is developing a purely electric aircraft that can take off and land vertically and is intended to carry four passengers over distances of up to 60 miles (almost 100 kilometers) at a speed of up to 250 km / h. Archer claims to be using the latest battery technologies. On its website, the company speaks full-bodied of the "first commercially viable electric VTOL aircraft" - in other words, vertical take-off and landing.

    So far, so "ordinary". It is far more unusual for the company to boast in its first communication that it "attracted top talent from the industry". The team currently consists of 40 engineers, "including talents from the competing eVTOL startups Joby, Airbus Vahana and Wisk". Specifically, the Vice President of Engineering, Tom Muniz, and Geoff Bower are named Chief Enigneer, who have moved to Archer from positions with the same title at Wisk (Muniz) and Airbus Vahana (Bower). In the communication, they are referred to as “eVTOL visionaries”.

    Archer is founded and managed by Brett Adcock and Adam Goldstein. However, the two are not engineers, but quasi series founders: They recently sold the marketplace startup Vettery to Adecco - for over $ 100 million. The biggest investor of the newcomer from Palo Alto is Marc Lore, the CEO of Walmart eCommerce. Lore has already founded several companies and made them big. In 2010 he sold Quidsi to Amazon for 550 million, most recently his e-commerce brand jet.com went to Walmart for $ 3.3 billion - which also earned him his current position.

    "When we look to the future of transportation, it is important to invest in solutions that reduce traffic congestion and environmental pollution, and offer consumers the fastest and safest alternatives," said Lore. "I firmly believe in Archer and the role it will play in ushering in the next era of urban travel."

    “Archer's aircraft focuses on speed, safety, range and payload and can be mass-produced and properly certified. It will be a milestone for industry change, ”says Adam Goldstein. Apart from the data mentioned at the beginning, the notification contains no further information on the aircraft.

    However, the portal Electrek has published a graphic that contains some interesting data about the planned battery of the eVTOL. The battery will weigh around one ton (with a total weight of three tons) and have a usable capacity of 143 kWh. Of these, 80 kWh are intended for the flight ("cruise"), 26 kWh for the hover (hover) and 37 kWh as a reserve. The lower 16 kWh of the battery should not be used, the upper 28 kWh are planned as a loss during the aging of the battery.

    How realistic these values ​​are will become apparent at the latest during the test flights and the development to series production. At the beginning of this year there was fierce criticism in Germany of the Munich startup Lilium that the promised data could not be kept. Aviation engineers calculated that Lilium calculated an unrealistic efficiency for the important hover.

    The company does not yet state when the Archer aircraft will take off for the first time or even transport passengers.

    electrek.co , globenewswire.com , flyarcher.com
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