Hyundai Motor Group city air mobility model Supernal has unveiled the the S-A2, its electrical vertical take-off and touchdown (eVTOL) automobile idea at CES 2024 in Las Vegas, United States.
The S-A2 is a continuation of the corporate’s imaginative and prescient that introduced the S-A1 idea that was proven at CES 2020, and subsequently confirmed its cabin idea in 2022, and Supernal goals to enter the industrial air mobility market in 2028.
The S-A2 is an electrically-powered plane with a V-tail configuration, and has been designed to cruise at 120 miles per hour (193 km/h) at a altitude of 1,500 toes (457 m), in service of metropolis journeys between 25 to 40 miles (40 to 64 km) initially.
Propulsion is by a devoted electrical propulsion structure and eight all-tilting rotors, says Supernal, which says the S-A2 emits 65 dB throughout vertical take-off and touchdown phases, and 45 dB whereas cruising in horizontal flight.
Engineered to attain world aviation requirements in security, the S-A2 options redundant parts is essential methods corresponding to its powertrain, flight controls and avionics. In an effort to keep high quality and value effectiveness, the S-A2 can be manufactured whereas leveraging Hyundai’s mass manufacturing functionality, stated Supernal.
Supernal continues to refine the automobile for certification, mass manufacturing and expanded use circumstances, the corporate stated, and can also be centered on inside modularity and battery upgradeability, together with the power to exchange the battery module as out there know-how turns into extra superior, it stated.
Inside, the cabin wears totally different color palettes to tell apart sections of the automobile cabin into distinct pilot and passenger areas, and the seat frames combine aviation-grade, vitality absorbing supplies and contribute to the cabin’s minimalist design, stated Supernal. The newest in passenger expertise and automotive design best-practices have additionally been built-in into the S-A2, it added.
“The S-A2 is a real illustration of ‘auto meets aero. Drawing on the competence of Supernal’s prime aerospace engineers and Hyundai Motor Group’s world-renowned automotive designers to create human-centric design that maximises passenger expertise and security,” stated Hyundai Motor Group president, chief design officer and chief artistic officer Luc Donckerwolke.
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