Specialists from the Rolls-Royce aerospace division will help create a flying taxi Hyundai. It will be equipped with an innovative power plant with electric motors and hydrogen fuel cells.
Hyundai and Rolls-Royce have begun cooperation in a new area. The two companies have joined forces to create an electric aircraft. Its prototype should be presented in 2025. This is reported by the official website of Hyundai.
At the air show in Farnborough, the parties signed a memorandum of intent and have already unveiled the concept of the future aircraft. It will be a small air taxi.
The S-A1 air taxi prototype was presented jointly by Hyundai and Uber at CES-2020 as part of the Urban Air Mobility project. This is a five-seater tiltrotor with vertical takeoff and landing. Obviously, it is this project that Rolls-Royce specialists will help bring to life.
Rolls-Royce's aviation division has been known to exist since 1914 years and specializes in engines for aircraft and helicopters. British engineers will help develop an electric propulsion system for a flying taxi.
Hyundai will also take over the development of hydrogen fuel cells for Urban Air Mobility. This technology has advantages compared to batteries, as it will provide a long range and fast refueling.
In addition, the exhaust of such an aircraft contains only water vapor. Rolls-Royce believes that it is hydrogen that will allow commercial aviation to reduce harmful emissions to the atmosphere to zero by 2050.