One of my favorite sci-fi movies is The Fifth Element.
In it, Bruce Willis is a New York City cab driver.
Except the year is 2263. So he’s not a cabbie as we know it. Instead, he drives a flying cab.
In fact, there are flying cars all over this 23rd-century New York City.
And there are several layers of flying cars — each at a different altitude.
This makes sense as a futuristic idea that seeks to solve current traffic problems.
Many layers of traffic, instead of just one, can reduce congestion.
But this may no longer be a sci-fi concept.
Flying cars are an idea that’s gathering a lot of interest and funding.
And we definitely don’t have to wait until the 23rd century for it.
EVTOLs Brought in a Record Level of Funding in 2021
Several companies are working on flying cars.
These are concepts called electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicles.
The vehicles are electric, quiet and can fly.
This means they cut down on carbon emissions, noise pollution and traffic congestion.
The eVTOL industry had a big 2021. Several companies went public, and several others received millions in funding.
(Source: McKinsey & Company.)
As the chart above shows, funding for aviation innovation has been booming since 2014.
And in recent years, the Manned Advanced Air Mobility segment has taken off.
This segment refers to eVTOLs and other related solutions.
In 2021, aviation innovation brought in $4.6 billion in total funding.
And eVTOL solutions accounted for nearly 80% of it.
EVTOLs Are Making Great Progress
It’s impressive to see the billions the eVTOL industry has received.
But it’s even more impressive to see how far individual companies have come.
- Joby Aviation Inc. (NYSE: JOBY) — backed by Uber.
- Lilium NV (Nasdaq: LILM) — backed by early Tesla investor Baillie Gifford.
- Vertical Aerospace Ltd. (NYSE: EVTL) — backed by Rolls-Royce and Honeywell.
With this level of progress and funding, it’s no wonder that industry experts see great potential.
Morgan Stanley projects a $1.5 trillion market by 2040. And Deloitte expects $115 billion in revenue by 2035.
But it’s important to note that the industry is still very young.
None of the companies in the space currently generate revenue. And eVTOLs won’t deploy until 2025 at the earliest.
So it may be a bit too soon to invest in these companies. But it’s not too early to keep an eye on them.
We’ll keep you updated as this industry grows. In the meantime, there are other opportunities.
Whether they have wheels or propellers, all electric vehicles need certain components.
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