Israeli company VTOL has announced its agreement with HyPoint to develop a long-haul version of its CityHawk zero-emission hydrogen cell.
A little bigger than an SUV but capable of carrying up to 6 passengers: this is the new flying hydrogen taxi.
A new flying hydrogen taxi will cross the sky in the future. The project is in the hands of the Israeli company eVTOL, which develops light airplanes with vertical take-off at short range. The company will work with HyPoint to develop a zero-emission version of its famous CityHawk, a Cormorant / AirMule military city plane.
At the heart of the new vehicle will be the hydrogen technology developed by HyPoint: ultralight fuel cells capable of delivering much more power than conventional lithium batteries. A decisive factor, which would allow the prototype to fly longer and refuel faster. The secret? A “turbo” air cooling system capable of increasing power.
In detail, the solution makes it possible to inject additional oxygen on the cathode side and, in combination with a new membrane technology, to pass 3 times more hydrogen through the cell. In this way, the energy density of the entire system reaches around 960 Wh / kg.
It is capable of carrying up to 6 passengers, if a hydrogen flying taxi obtained all the necessary certifications, it could also land on urban roads; an impossible activity for the heaviest and most bulky turbine models. A “revolution” which, if the legislation allows it, would make the new CityHawk a “pioneer” in the field of door-to-door flights.
We look forward to working with HyPoint on the integration of the next generation of hydrogen fuel cell systems for the eVTOL transport and urban air mobility market. As a high performance but 100% ecological fuel, hydrogen is the key to the future of eVTOL aircraft.
Rafi Yoeli, CEO of Urban Aeronautics.