Lilium Jet just announced the completion of the first phase of flight testing for its electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. In trials that started in May, the prototype of the all-electric, five-seat model flew at speeds exceeding 54 knots (100 km/h), in increasingly complex maneuvers. The German start-up plans to have the aircraft ready to begin commercial air-taxi operations in 2025. It expects the Lilium Jet to be able to operate for up to around 300km on a single charge of its electric batteries and at a top speed of 162 knots. Unlike many eVTOL developments, the company’s business model is based on providing connections between cities, rather than just within them.