Hyundai Motor Group, which has been working on its own concept of mobility of the future for several years, has created a new company called Supernal. The venture will develop a family of electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft.
Supernal also aims to bring together “public and private partners to shape the emerging industry of innovative air mobility.” The firm hopes to launch its first commercial flight in 2028, and over the next decade will gradually scale up this activity as the market itself grows. The Koreans are not trying to get ahead of the competition, relying on “mass production, reasonable cost and wide availability.”
Back in the beginning of last year, Hyundai unveiled the S-A1 concept aircraft with an electric drive and autopilot at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Currently, the development of the first model continues, its certification is planned to begin in the United States only in 2024. It is expected that such transport will be able to take on board 4-5 passengers.
The Supernal concept implies the use of intermodal transport to solve the problem of traffic congestion. Users will plan their route in the app. They will travel from home to the “vertiport” by car or train, cover the main part of the way by air, and from the point of landing to the point on values they will be able to ride an electric scooter.
Supernal has offices and manufacturing sites in the United States, Washington DC and California. The firm is currently actively recruiting employees.