A leap forward in solving Korea’s urban congestion with eVTOL aircraft
In a significant step toward redefining urban travel, SkyDrive Inc., a leading Japanese eVTOL aircraft manufacturer, has received a pre-order for up to 50 aircraft from Korean aircraft leasing company Solyu. The partnership aims to usher in a new era of convenient and sustainable air travel, alleviating road congestion in Korea’s densely populated cities.
“The eVTOL market will bring opportunities for reducing global emissions and increasing traveler convenience. We’re honored to work with SkyDrive and the award-winning SD-05 to develop this global market.”Andrew Claerbout, President of Solyu Company, Ltd.
Addressing urban congestion in Korea
Korea grapples with heavy traffic in its metropolitan regions. The government has initiated the Korea Urban Air Mobility (K-UAM) Roadmap to reduce social and time costs by up to 70%. By embracing SkyDrive’s eVTOL aircraft, Solyu is directly contributing to the K-UAM objective.
According to Tomohiro Fukuzawa, CEO of SkyDrive Inc., this pre-order marks their first from a leasing company and signifies SkyDrive’s growing influence in the international eVTOL market. The venture is particularly promising in the context of the Korean government’s push for zero-emissions vehicles.
Focus on zero-emission vehicles
Solyu’s long-standing commitment to zero-emission technology resonates with the broader vision of SkyDrive Inc. Both entities are united in their quest to make air travel sustainable while tackling environmental challenges.
Evaluating commercial considerations
SkyDrive and Solyu are actively discussing key elements like vertiports, routes, and infrastructure with the Korean government. These discussions are critical for determining the operational feasibility and success of the eVTOL aircraft in Korea.
- Aircraft type: Three-seater, electric-powered
- Flight features: Vertical takeoff and landing capabilities
- Control system: Fly-by-wire for enhanced flight stability
- Certification: In process of acquiring Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) certification
Future in the skies
This partnership is more than a business transaction; it’s a step toward actualizing a future where daily life includes eVTOLs as a mode of transportation. The deal may serve as a blueprint for similar collaborations worldwide, fostering a sustainable and efficient mobility ecosystem.