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This Hyundai-backed eVTOL is landing in 2028

And no, we don’t mean it’ll be airborne for the next six years…

Published: 19 Jul 2022

We love an eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) craft on, and US mobility company Supernal has revealed the latest in a long line of futuristic sky taxis for us to ogle at the Farnborough International Airshow.

Supernal is owned by Hyundai Motor Group, and according to president Jaiwon Shin, the car division has roped in “top automotive designers to develop our eVTOL vehicle for manufacturability and wide-spread public acceptance".

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In other words, make it cool and make it achievable.

This concept certainly manages the first part of that brief, although it remains to be seen if it’ll ever actually take off (pun intended). Work is underway to certify it for commercial use in the States by 2028, with operations in Europe and the UK set to commence shortly after that.

“In order for Advanced Air Mobility to become a wide-spread mode of transportation, every detail – from the passenger experience to regulations and infrastructure – needs to be addressed from the start and work in lockstep with one another,” Shin added. “We are taking the time to create a safe, lightweight commercial eVTOL that provides our future passengers with the security and comfort they find in their own cars.”

Ah, lightweighting. That means a glut of forged carbon fibre in the five-seater cabin, as well as carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastic that’s also fully recyclable.

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The reusable theme continues with the use of plant-based leather on the seats, plus responsibly sourced woods throughout.

Very on trend, then. The battery-electric concept is designed for short urban journeys, but for city-to-city hops work has already begun on a longer-range, hydrogen powered aircraft that’s planned for sometime in the 2030s.

It’s not the first time someone has proffered a flying car solution, of course: over the years we’ve seen the AeroMobil 5.0 VTOL, the Jetson ONE, the AutoFlight Prosperity I, the PAL-V Liberty and the Terrafugia TF-X, to name but a few.

We’ve yet to hitch a ride in any of those sadly, although we did take to the skies over London in the Pipistrel Velis Electro earlier this year.

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