Hyundai and Rolls-Royce unveil first hydrogen-powered air cab prototype

By: Franyi Sarmiento, PhD, Inspenet, August 1, 2022

The Hyundai Group, through its company Supernal, has presented at the Farnborough International Airshow its first air cab prototype or, as is its technical name, eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing). In fact, the Korean firm has developed it in collaboration with Rolls-Royce Aviation.

South Korean automotive group Hyundai has signed a memorandum of understanding with Europe’s Rolls-Royce to develop electric and hydrogen propulsion systems for the air mobility market (aerotaxis). The partnership will leverage Rolls-Royce’s expertise in the aeronautics sector and Hyundai’s industrial and hydrogen technology capabilities.

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The aerotaxi is a five-passenger model designed to be as light as possible. It is made of forged carbon fiber and sustainability has also been taken into account, using materials such as advanced thermoplastic reinforced with recyclable carbon fiber, vegetable leather, recycled plastic fabric or responsibly sourced wood.

“We are delighted with this partnership with Rolls-Royce, which will help us leverage their aeronautics expertise to accelerate the development of hydrogen fuel cell propulsion systems. Hyundai has successfully developed hydrogen fuel cell systems for the global automotive market and is now exploring the feasibility of electric and hydrogen propulsion technologies for integration into aerial vehicles. We believe this is going to be the key technology to drive the global aviation industry towards the goal of net zeroCO2 by 2050,” commented Jaiwon Shin, president of Hyundai Motor Group.

This material from the Periodismodelmotor portal was edited for clarity, style and length.


Photo: Supernal