Electrified air transport pioneer Volocopter has announced a new investor in its Series C funding round – global logistics giant DB Schenker, taking investment over the €87 million in this funding round.
Besides DB Schenker, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Group and TransLink Capital joined the round as new investors, alongside existing investor Lukasz Gadowski.
The funding will go towards the certification of the VoloCity, the company’s urban air-taxi, hiring more industry experts, and a second-generation VoloDrone to ensure commercialisation of the heavy-lift cargo drone product. To date, Volocopter has raised total funding of € 122 million.
Volocopter is developing autonomous electrical Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft to offer air taxi services in the megacities of this world as an addition to existing transport options.
Just recently the company performed a public flight over Marina Bay Reservoir in Singapore demonstrating the maturity of its technology.
Volocopter has recently completed several public flights at Helsinki airport and in the German city of Stuttgart. As the first eVTOL company to receive Design Organisation Approval by the European Aviation Safety Authority, the German air taxi service provider is already actively pursuing commercial certification and expects the first commercial routes to be opened within the next two to four years.
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A full-scale VoloPort prototype on display allowed visitors to experience what UAM could feel like in the future. This bears testimony to Volocopter’s holistic approach to UAM as an ecosystem. Last October, Volocopter presented the demonstrator of its VoloDrone, marking the company’s expansion into the logistics, agriculture, public services and construction industries.
“We are convinced that the Volocopter technology has the potential to bring transport logistics to the next dimension for our customers”, says Jochen Thewes, CEO of DB Schenker. “DB Schenker has already tested autonomous and electrical vehicles in several innovation projects and in actual operations. By integrating the VoloDrone into our supply chain of the future we will be able to serve our clients’ demand for fast, remote, emission-neutral deliveries. We are thrilled to now be part of this drive for innovation in a fantastic team.”
“The new shareholder structure strengthens our global network of strategic and financial partners significantly. Bringing urban air mobility to life for passengers and goods is a great ambition and with our new partners we bring the expertise and necessary long-term funds on board to make this innovative form of mobility a reality,” said Florian Reuter, CEO of Volocopter.
In a move towards further enhancing its corporate governance, Volocopter is bringing on two Independent Advisory Board Members with extensive industry expertise: Former CEO of Daimler AG, Dr Dieter Zetsche, as well as the founder of CAS Software AG, Martin Hubschneider.
Volocopter’s Chairman Stefan Klocke said: “We very much welcome the new members to our Advisory Board, in particular Dieter Zetsche and Martin Hubschneider. The board will support the management in the further strategic development of the company towards the global market leader in urban air mobility and in the preparations for a potential future IPO!”
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