According to Hyundai Motor Group’s website, Coventry City Council and the UK Government have partnered with a UK-based start up Urban Air Port, Air-One, to launch the world’s first airport for flying electric vehicles. This development is a step towards reducing air pollution and helping achieve a zero carbon future. Hyundai Motor Group is partnering with Air-One as a plan to commercialise its aircraft by 2028.
Urban Air Port’s Air-One is creating future electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircrafts such as air taxis, delivery drones and transportation for people and cargo across cities.
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The plan is to cut air pollution, integrate electric vehicles and sustainable public transport. Also, the company plans to install more than 200 zero remission sites worldwide in the next five years.
Air one has been selected as a winner of the UK government’s Future Flight Challenge. The company has been awarded a £1.2 million grant from UK Research and Innovations Future Flight Challenge. With additional funding from Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund of £125 million and expected to be matched up to £175 million from the industry.
The startup develops fully autonomous innovative zero emission infrastructure for future air mobility. According to Nasa’s website prediction research, the Booz Allen Team explored the market size and potential barriers to Urban Air Mobility and found a significant available market value in the U.S of $500 billion.
The barriers that the study found was high cost of service, which can be addressed through increased vehicle and component efficiency. Weather conditions pose a threat, such as low visibility, thunderstorms and strong winds. High density will likely stress the current Air Traffic Management system. Current battery technology poses issues especially if electric vehicle batteries need extensive recharging or the weight.
According to NASA’s research, entering a market of flying vehicles can bring challenges but they can be addressed through development and expansion.
“Cars need roads.Trains need rails. Planes need airports. eVTOLs will need Urban Air Ports. Over a hundred years ago, the world’s first commercial flight took off, creating a modern connected world. Urban Air Port will improve connectivity across our cities and boost productivity.
“Flying cars used to be a futuristic flight of fancy. Air-One will bring clean urban air transportation to the masses and unleash a new airborne world of zero emission mobility,” said Ricky Sandhu, founder and executive Chairman of Urban Air Port.
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