LONDON – Urban air mobility (UAM) development company Volocopter has won the 2023 Franco-German Business Award – Le Prix Franco-Allemand de L´Economie.
The winner of the accolade was selected by a distinguished jury and presented by Marie Guillemot, Chairwoman and CEO of KPMG France.
The awards ceremony was held on 2 February 2023 in Paris on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Élysée Treaty.
Key figures attended the ceremony, including Jean-Noël Barrot, French Minister for Digital Transition and Telecommunications, and the German Federal Minister of Digital Affairs and Transport.
Also in attendance was the German Ambassador to France Hans-Dieter Lukas, and upwards of 200 business, politics, and culture representatives.
Volocopter develops electrically powered air taxis that are set to transform urban transportation with a supplementary form of mobility.
The company is working closely with Paris Airports and the city’s public transportation authority (RATP) to bring commercial air taxi services to the French capital by 2024.
The Bruchsal-based company recently presented this promising collaboration between these two neighboring countries to French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz during the celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of the Élysée Treaty.
The French-German Business Award is bestowed every two years by the French-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry to celebrate exceptional collaborations and extraordinary individuals working across these two nations.
The Award is under the auspices of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, and the French Ministry of Economics, Finance, and Industrial and Digital Sovereignty.
“It is an honor for us to receive the French-German Business Award in this landmark anniversary year, said Dirk Hoke, Volocopter CEO.
“Volocopter aspires to become a truly global company, with the first steps scheduled to be taken in Europe, in the spirit of French-German collaboration, with our plans to launch air taxis in Paris by 2024.”
“Volocopter will be the company that writes the next chapter in the aviation history of our two great nations.”
The company is currently working towards the certification of its electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) passenger aircraft, the VoloCity air taxi.
Sustainable mobility is a tremendous challenge facing today’s world. Volocopter offers a new solution with a suite of fully electric aircraft built specifically for urban missions.
Crucially, Volocopter’s unique UAM ecosystem approach connects all key global market players as it strives to get the industry off the ground.
This includes developing multipurpose electric aircraft to bring passengers and goods safely to their destination (the VoloCity, VoloRegion, and VoloDrone), and enabling the physical and digital infrastructure to match (the VoloPort and VoloIQ).
Currently it is first and only electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) company to receive Design Organisation Approval (DOA) from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
Volocopter expects to launch its first commercial air taxi routes in the next two years in megacities like Singapore, Rome, Paris, and the NEOM region.