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Business News/ Auto News / CES 2024: Hyundai unveils new electric air taxi, set to take off in 2028. Here's all you need to know
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CES 2024: Hyundai unveils new electric air taxi, set to take off in 2028. Here's all you need to know

Hyundai Motor Group unveils prototype for flying taxi S-A2 at CES 2024, targeting urban areas with heavy traffic. Hyundai's S-A2 flying taxi is a hybrid between a helicopter and fixed wing plane, claiming to be quiet, efficient, and zero-emission.

The Supernal S-A2 passenger electric VOTL aircraft is on display at the Supernal booth during the CES tech show Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024, in Las Vegas. Supernal is a part of the Hyundai Motor Group. (AP Photo/John Locher) (AP)Premium
The Supernal S-A2 passenger electric VOTL aircraft is on display at the Supernal booth during the CES tech show Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024, in Las Vegas. Supernal is a part of the Hyundai Motor Group. (AP Photo/John Locher) (AP)

Hyundai Motor Group has unveiled the prototype of its flying taxi, dubbed the S-A2, at CES 2024 in Las Vegas. The world's third largest automaker claims the four-wheeled vehicle is the latest breakthrough in commercialising safe, efficient and affordable air travel. The latest electric air vehicle is being marketed as a commuter solution for urban areas with heavy traffic.

Supernal, Hyundai's Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) company, said the S-A2 builds on the S-A1 vision concept unveiled at CES 2020. Explaining the concept, Supernal's Chief Technology Officer Ben Diachun said, “Supernal’s product concept vehicle is the result of the creativity and hard work of our world-class team. S-A2 is designed to take full advantage of emerging electric powertrain advancements that will define the next generation of aviation…From here, we will develop this concept into a revolutionary commercial product."

According to a Bloomberg report, Hyundai is aggressively pursuing air taxis having spent around $1 billion on Supernal since its founding two years ago. The South Korean company has also opened an engineering headquarter in California's Irine along with a new research and development facility in the same state. Hyundai is aiming to rollout it air taxis in the US first with plans to eventually expand it to Asia and Europe.

The Bloomberg report noted that Supernal will apply for certification of the latest vehicle in US by mid-2024 and start demonstrator flights by the year end. Moreover, the company is also planning to launch in 2028 after securing the neccessary requirements needed to enteer the market.

The new flying taxi is going to be a hybrid between a helicopteer and fixed wing plane and is claimed to be quiet, efficent and have zero-emission. The South Korean company claims that S-A2 will be able to cruise at 120 miles-per-hour (190kmph) at a 1500 ft altitue while operating “as quietly as a dishwasher"

 

 

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Published: 11 Jan 2024, 01:02 PM IST
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