The Varon Vehicles V200 is a tri-rotor wingless VTOL flying car design that debuted in July 2018. 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
Aircraft Type: (Conceptual) Intercity VTOL, no fixed wing
Range: Unspecified, but most likely within the intercity range
Top Speed: 62 mph (100 km/h)
Propeller Configuration: 6, one forward and two rear tilt electric dual propellers
Passenger/Payload Capacity: 2 passengers (including one partial pilot)
Autonomy Level: Piloted with autonomy
From Varon Vehicle's website:
"Varon Vehicles is not developing air vehicles, the company establishes partnerships with global electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) air vehicle manufacturers to provide its vehicle fleets. Nevertheless, the company developed its V200 and V210 air vehicle concept models to study the requirements of Urban Air Mobility and air vehicle performance needs for the Latin American region. This allowed knowhow acquisition on subjects related to specific needs from the air vehicle fleets and their operation, as well as matters related to city integration, vertiport design and community acceptance. This allowed for subsequent work with global partners such as air vehicle manufacturers, vertiport developers, airspace integration systems providers, government regulators and urban planners, on the definition of scopes of work for implementation."
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 Columbia for its initial testing and/or operations. Columbia 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 Columbia.