Thanks to Maruti’s parent, Suzuki, India may deploy e-air-taxis

22nd May 2024
Thanks to  Maruti’s  parent, Suzuki, India  may deploy e-air-taxis
Suzuki plans to bring the SkyDrive e-air taxi to its Maruti operation in India. Photo_ SkyDrive

Suzuki Motor has announced its plan to  launch 12 of  Japan’s first electric air taxis the 2025 Osaka Expo.
The three-passenger taxi with  range of 15 kilometres,  will be manufactured  by  SkyDrive Inc. a leading Japanese eVTOL ( e-Vertical Takeoff and Landing)  aircraft maker  owned by Suzuki. The plant, will be used to produce up to 100 eVTOLs per year and production will commence this year.

Suzuki has  also confirmed that it is exploring manufacturing in India  under the Make in India initiative leveraging cost advantages  of local production.  However,  it is early days to talk timelines. Which will see  its e-air taxis flying in India.

Meanwhile California-based Joby Aviation, a company developing all-electric aircraft for commercial passenger service, has signed a definitive agreement with Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA) to launch  rair taxi services in the Emirates targeting initial operations as early as 2025.

Joby  has  signed an agreement with Skyports, who will design, build and operate four initial vertiport sites across Dubai.  The partners have  identified Dubai International Airport (DXB), Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Marina and Dubai Downtown as the launch locations for Dubai’s air taxi service.

Joby’s aircraft, is designed to carry a pilot and four passengers at speeds of up to 200 miles per hour and will be operated by the Company, with a journey from Dubai International Airport to Palm Jumeirah expected to take just 10 minutes compared with 45 minutes by car.

Thixs has appeared in NewIndiaTimes