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Hyundai reveals its electric air taxi at CES, with plans for flights to commence in 2028

With CES 2024 in full swing, Hyundai’s air mobility arm, Supernal, has revealed its latest flying taxi, the S-A2, a hybrid between a helicopter and a fixed-wing airplane. The electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicle is powered by electricity, equipped with eight rotors mounted on two wings, and designed for suburban-to-inner-city travel. The S-A2 aims to cruise at 120 mph at a height of 1,500 feet, covering distances of 25-40 miles initially. Hyundai plans to start test flights by the end of 2024 and officially launch the eVTOL in 2028.

The S-A2 addresses challenges associated with traditional helicopters and aims for a near-silent operation, producing about 65 decibels during vertical take-off and 45 decibels while cruising. Hyundai highlights its commitment to battery technology advancements, focusing on emerging technologies like lighter solid-state batteries to improve the power-to-weight ratio crucial for flying vehicles.



CES 2024: Hyundai's flying electric taxi to take off in 2028 - Republic  World
CES 2024: Hyundai’s flying electric taxi to take off in 2028

The interior of the S-A2 features a modular design, leather upholstery, and lighting to enhance the cabin space. Hyundai intends to leverage the mass-manufacturing capabilities of the Hyundai Motor Group for production. However, the company must navigate through regulatory approvals before commercial operations. Hyundai plans to apply for certification in the US by mid-2024, with test flights targeted for the end of that year. The certification process involves Type Certification, Production Certification, and an air carrier license, and Hyundai aims for a 2028 launch.

While the flying car industry faces challenges, with several startups closing down, major manufacturers, including Stellantis, United Airlines, Boeing, and NASA, are actively investing in electric aviation and air mobility.

The emerging industry holds promise, and Hyundai’s Supernal is optimistic about achieving its 2028 launch timeline. The S-A2’s design, focus on advanced battery technology, and commitment to regulatory processes reflect the company’s dedication to making air taxis a reality. However, the success of these ventures will depend on overcoming regulatory hurdles, ensuring safety standards, and addressing technological advancements in the evolving field of urban air mobility.

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