Hyundai Motor Group has unveiled a brand new concept to demonstrate its vision of advanced air mobility. Developed in partnership with the American company Supernal, the concept, called eVTOL, will be available for commercial use in the United States and Europe from 2028. The concept, called eVTOL, unveiled at the Farnborough International Air Show, is trying to be certified by Hyundai, while Supernal has partnered with the group's design studios to create the cabin concept. The partnership between the two companies has been developed in a short time, while collaborations are also being made with more than 50 subsidiaries covering automotive parts, construction, robotics and autonomous driving.
In order for eVTOL to become a widespread means of transportation, every detail from the passenger experience to other regulations and infrastructure needs to be thought through to the smallest detail. Leveraging the mobility capabilities of Hyundai Motor Group, Supernal is pre-investing in available resources to grow the industry in the years ahead.
Supernal's five-seat new generation cabin concept offers the passenger experience on the most comfortable planes while maintaining the same zamAt the same time, it expands the horizons of commercial aviation with its more economical price policy. Meeting the highest aviation safety standards, the concept also hints at Hyundai's use of automotive design and manufacturing processes. Considering the safety philosophy first and foremost with its prominent design, Hyundai prioritizes making life easier with daily use.
The team of engineers and designers drew on the automotive industry's progressive design approach to create the lightweight carbon fiber cabin. Ergonomically shaped seats offer a cocoon-like environment for passengers, while the opening seat consoles offer a center console like in cars. These pockets provide a charging station and storage compartment for personal items, as well as door handles and seatbacks that assist passengers in entering and exiting. Roof lamps inspired by automobile sunroofs also offer a different lighting combination. This technology, called a "light therapy", can be adjusted for various stages of flight. Cabin layout is supported by high headroom and luggage volume that allows for carrying goods.
Supernal and Hyundai will improve the capacity and dimensions of electric aircraft in the coming years, and will meet consumers with a price policy suitable for every budget.
Famous British automotive and aerospace giant Rolls-Royce also cooperates with Hyundai.
Hyundai Motor Group is also collaborating with Rolls-Royce to develop all-electric propulsion and hydrogen fuel cell technology. Giving importance to all collaborations in order to have a say in the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) market, Hyundai will benefit from Rolls-Royce's aviation and certification capabilities. Hyundai will continue to focus on hydrogen fuel cell technologies and industrialization that it has developed for many years. Both companies will bring all-electric, hybrid and fuel-cell electric custom solutions to the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) and Regional Air Mobility (RAM) markets.
The benefits of using a hydrogen fuel cell system in an all-electric aircraft propulsion system are listed as a zero-emission, quiet and reliable onboard power source. It provides fuel economy, especially in long-haul flights. zamAt the same time, steps will be taken to offer a cleaner environment to future generations with zero emissions.