Now Xeriant and XTI Aircraft have joined forces and they promise us the fastest and longest-range VTOL in the world. The TriFan 600 aircraft would supposedly be able to reach speeds of up to 345 mph (555 kph) and will have an impressive range of up to 750 miles (1,200 km). That is way above what any other VTOL out there promises to deliver. It will use three ducted fans for lift and it will be able to cruise at altitudes of up to 29,000 ft (over 8,800 m).
However, even if those figures are real, there is a catch, in that the TriFan 600 isn’t a true VTOL that is exclusively battery-powered. Instead, it uses a hybrid-electric powertrain. The aircraft is a business jet and a helicopter in one aircraft but with two times the range of a conventional helicopter and six times the range of a 100 percent battery-powered VTOL.
The TriFan 600 promises to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 40 percent and operating costs and noise by up to 50 percent. The VTOL will have a capacity of five passengers, and it will reach its maximum altitude in 11 minutes.
Xeriant and XTI Aircraft haven’t revealed the price of their all too spectacular TriFan 600 yet, but we do know they plan to start producing it at full-scale by the end of 2024.