Suzuki and Skydrive come together to make flying cars

The concept of flying cars has existed in the conversations for many decades and we occasionally see a glimpse of reality. Some manufacturers have made some real promise of progress in building a real car that is capable of flying, but large-scale production is still quite far away. In an effort to put the flying cars into practice, the two Japanese companies – Suzuki and Skydrive recently announced a partnership for the commercialization of flying cars. The two markets will work on the research and development of flying vehicles.

Suzuki and Skydrive come together to make flying cars

Currently, SkyDrive, a leading manufacturer of flying vehicles in Japan, is developing a compact, two-seater electrically powered flying vehicle with plans for full production. With this collaboration, the two industry giants will begin to explore the ways in which they can coordinate in areas of business and technology, such as technological R&D, production and mass production system planning, international market expansion, with an initial focus on India, and promotion of carbon neutral initiatives. .

In July 2018, SkyDrive was founded with the goal of “driving a once-in-a-century mobility revolution.” Since then, it has advanced the development of flying cars and cargo drones, while collaborating with others to promote a shared vision of a future in which people use air mobility to get on with their daily lives. SkyDrive is the only company in Japan that has successfully undertaken test flights, and as a member of the Japanese Public-Private Council for Advanced Air Mobility, it is currently working on building a system for future air mobility. The company’s cargo drones, which can carry weights up to 30 kg, are already used in industrial sites in Japan, mostly in mountainous areas. In the Osaka Bay area, SkyDrive plans to offer a flying car service by 2025.

Besides Skydrive, a few other companies have been working on the development of flying cars and at the beginning of the year we told about the Klein Vision AirCar. The flying car, which is powered by a BMW engine, managed to secure the Certificate of Airworthiness of the Slovak Transport Authority. Klein Vision’s flying AirCar underwent rigorous testing, including more than 70 hours of flight time, to obtain the Airworthiness Certificate. To meet the European Aviation Safety Agency’s criteria, the evolving AirCar had to make 200 take-offs and landings on cross-country travel (EASA).

While in other Suzuki news, the Japanese automaker recently announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Gujarat government to spend Rs 10,440 crore (about $ 1.3 billion) on local electricity manufacturing cars (EVs) and BEV batteries. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed in the presence of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 19, 2022, during the India-Japan Economic Forum in New Delhi, India.

Suzuki Motor Gujarat Private Limited intends to invest Rs 3,100 crore in BEV production capacity by 2025. In 2026, an additional Rs 7,300 crore would be spent on the construction of a BEV battery production factory (lane neighbor to SMG). By 2025, Maruti Suzuki Toyota India Private Limited (MSTI) aims to invest Rs 45 crore in the construction of a car recycling factory.