The S-A2 Electric Flying Taxi Sets Hyundai's Vision for Commercial Passenger Air Travel
Hyundai has made a groundbreaking announcement at the 2024 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) by unveiling its extraordinary flying taxi concept, the S-A2. This electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicle represents the automaker's significant leap towards achieving the goal of affordable and safe everyday passenger air travel.
Continuing the Pursuit of Air Mobility
Hyundai started its endeavor into the realm of flying taxis back in 2020, and with the introduction of the S-A2, it demonstrates its commitment to revolutionize air travel. Honda also has plans for its eVTOL, expected to offer a range of 249 miles, while Subaru unveiled its own hydrogen-powered flying car concept at the 2023 Japan Mobility Show.
The S-A2 is designed to cater to short-range air travel needs, covering distances of 25 to 40 miles. Its advanced engineering enables cruising at speeds of up to 120 mph at a 1,500-foot altitude, allowing for swift and efficient transportation.
Pioneering Technology and Silent Operation
Powered by an all-electric architecture and equipped with eight all-tilting motors, the S-A2 ensures a serene travel experience with minimal noise disruptions. During vertical take-off and landing, the vehicle measures a noise level of 65 dB, which reduces to 45 dB while cruising horizontally.
Hyundai's expertise in vehicle design shines through in the aesthetics of the S-A2. Building on their success in crafting appealing road cars like the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Ioniq 6, the award-winning designers have created a futuristic and sleek appearance for the flying taxi concept.
A Spacious and Comfortable Interior
The S-A2 features an inviting cabin with various color palettes and high-quality materials, including aviation-grade components and energy-absorbing materials. The clever lighting system enhances the feeling of spaciousness, providing seating for a pilot and four passengers.
"Supernal has remained focused on developing the perfect product for the right market at the opportune moment," stated Jaiwon Shin, President of Hyundai Motor Group and CEO of Supernal, Hyundai's Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) division. "With the unveiling of the S-A2, we showcase our unwavering dedication to deliver a safe and efficient vehicle design that paves the way for market entry."
Hyundai is committed to further advancing the eVTOL technology, a process that requires certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Additionally, the company plans to establish a manufacturing plant in the United States, utilizing Hyundai's expertise in mass production for the production of the eVTOL.
Excitingly, Hyundai has announced that test flights for the S-A2 will commence later in December 2024, marking a significant milestone in the realization of their flying taxi vision.