Skai introduced himself to his potential investors, Alaka’i’s futuristic flying taxi prototype. But for the on-air demonstration, we’ll have to wait.
The hydrogen-powered vehicle promises long journeys without emissions.
It’s not entirely convincing, but it certainly fascinates. Skai, the hydrogen-powered flying vehicle from startup Alaka’i Technologies, has achieved its primary goal of attracting attention and getting people talking.
The futuristic flying cab was unveiled to investors and the press in Newbury Park, a northern suburb of Los Angeles. There are no test flights, just a show outside the BMW Group Designworks studio to showcase the full-size prototype and detail its future performance.
At a time when the concept of the flying taxi seems overwhelming in the plans of car manufacturers and transport companies, Skai is trying to differentiate itself by focusing on propulsion.
The model, a multi-engine system, is the first of its kind to be equipped with a fuel cell. Filling the tank takes less than 10 minutes and the technology must allow the vehicle to fly up to four hours within a 643 km radius.
The size of a van, the plane is designed to carry up to five people or a maximum payload of 453 kg. Six horizontal rotors created with the help of BMW Designworks and attached to the outer arms complete the design and give it a decidedly futuristic air.
But you’ll have to wait to see it in the air. It is already planned to remote-controlled test flights at MIT, but the company must first receive the green light at the regulatory level.
Alaka’i CEO Steve Hanvey is confident that the company can achieve Federal Aviation Administration certification by the end of next year and that could market the new hydrogen-powered flying vehicle in early 2021.
In the long run, your goal is produce more than 10,000 aircraft per year, at a price that “would approach the price of a luxury carHanvey said. Models for sale must have three basic configurations: for the passenger transport, for emergency medical transport and for the delivery of goods. However, there is a big challenge to be solved for the passenger option: the pricing infrastructure. According to the same CEO, it could be a decade or more before a flying taxi can be hailed in a city.
More information: skai.co