The Varon Vehicles V200 is a tri-rotor wingless VTOL flying car design that debuted in July 2018. The Varon Vehicles team is mainly Colombian, which is where the team plans to first launch the aircraft. Varon Vehicles has a holistic approach urban aviation, seeking not to just build a flying car but rather a full transportation system that includes airspace management/route planning and navigation. Part of the company's goal is to promote 'Urban Friendliness'; taking a customer-first approach by designing a vehicle that feels like a car in its interior, and can be flown by 'drivers', rather than pilots.
Stage of Development
Company Name: Varon Vehicles
Founder & CEO: Felipe Varon
Product Name: Varon Vehicles V200
Type of Machine: Urban Air taxi for passengers and courier services
Capacity: Designed for two passengers. (One 'driver', one rider)
Altitude: Up to 500ft AGL
Vertical take-off and landing: The V200 is designed for short distances for urban use cases, and so does not have a fixed wing. It takes off and lands vertically using three propellers oriented vertically.
Fixed wing flight: N/A
Range: Not yet given, but the V200 will be designed for short distance trips to shorten commutes to eliminate the urban traffic problem.
Speed: About 62 miles per hour/ 100 kilometers per hour
Regulation: Varon Vehicles is actively working for certification in the U.S by applying to take part in the upcoming Urban Air Mobility Grand Challenge hosted by NASA. It also aware that Columbia is working on UTM implementation for its major cities.
Funding: Varon Vehicles has already build its corporate structure and is currently seeking strategic parters for its Series A funding round.
Our Take on Varon
Although there are other major US companies building urban air mobility solutions, Varon Vehicles has been smart by choosing to begin testing and/or launch in Colombia for its initial testing and/or operations. Colombia has a growing GDP, and one of the worst traffic problems in the world, making it an excellent location for VTOL courier and passenger services. Varon Vehicles is also very focused on proving market potential to its investors, and has even come up with its own grid energy econometric model, as well developed varying business models for both passenger and courier services. While other companies like are also working on providing holistic urban air mobility systems for some international locations, these larger companies will not be able to enter into all available markets immediately, giving Varon Vehicles a very solid chance at entering a market like Colombia.