Lilium is the world’s first electric vertical take-off and landing jet allowing you to travel with zero operational emissions.
German aviation start-up, Lilium, helps you travel five-times faster than a car by introducing the world’s first commercially available all electric vertical take-off and landing jet. The jet serves as an air taxi for up to five people with a range of 300 km (Paris to London), with a top speed of 300 Kmh -- as fast as a Formula 1 car! Its electric jet engines integrated in each wing means it produces zero operating emissions and is far quieter than the competition.
How Lillium achieved lift-off with EIT Climate-KIC
Lilium became part of EIT Climate-KIC's network in 2014 when it completed Stages 1 and 2 of its Accelerator programme in Germany. The programme helped the company validate its business model and lay the groundwork for significant future investment. By 2017, the Accelerator helped them raise USD 90 million towards the commercialisation of its electric jet.
This investment is a tremendously important step for Lilium as it enables us to make the five-seat jet a reality. This is the next stage in our rapid evolution from an idea to the production of a commercially successful aircraft that will revolutionise the way we travel in and around the world’s cities. It makes Lilium one of the best funded electric aircraft projects in the world. Our backers recognise that Lilium’s innovative eVTOL technology puts us in the lead in this exciting new industry, with no other company promising the economy, speed, range and low-noise levels of the Lilium Jet.
Daniel Wiegand, Lilium co-founder and CEO
Under EIT Climate-KIC's watch, Lilium's electric plane took to the skies in 2017 and completed a EUR 224 million internal funding round in 2020. It has also built a network of global brands including Tencent and LGT. In June 2021, Lilium joined Europe's club of "unicorn" start-ups (start-ups with a valuation of over USD 1 billion).