Lilium Jet
The production version of the Lilium Jet eVTOL aircraft will seat a pilot and up to six passengers. (Image: Lilium)

$830M IPO To Fund Lilium's Seven-seat eVTOL

The all-electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing aircraft is due to enter commercial service in 2024.

Lilium recently announced that an $830 million IPO merger with Qell Acquisition Corp. will fund the development of its seven-seat eVTOL aircraft. The German company confirmed that the series-production Lilium Jet due to enter commercial service in 2024 will have two more seats than the current five-seat technology demonstrator.

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Qell is a San Francisco-based special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) led by former General Motors North America president Barry Engle. Total gross proceeds from the deal are projected at $830 million, including $380 million in cash and the proceeds from a $450 million private investment in public equity (PIPE) investment with backers including Baillie Gifford, BlackRock, Tencent, Ferrovial, LGT/Lightrock, Palantir, FII Institute, and PIMCO. The combined company is expected to be valued at around $3.3 billion.

Lilium confirmed in 2018 that it had filed concurrent type certification applications with the European Union Aviation Safety Agency and the Federal Aviation Administration for the larger all-electric aircraft, which will carry a pilot and up to six passengers. The Lilium Jet is projected to have a range of more than 155 miles and a cruise speed of 175 mph at 10,000 feet. This performance is slightly less than the 186 miles/186 mph targets for the five-seat technology demonstrator, reflecting tradeoffs being made to secure the additional payload.

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