Suzuki, a Japanese automaker, has announced a collaboration with Tokyo-based SkyDrive to market and sell flying cars in Japan and around the world.
SkyDrive is a leading manufacturer of eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) vehicles in Japan. The company was founded in 2018 and now manufactures cargo drones with payload capacities of up to 30kg, which are primarily used for deliveries in Japan’s mountainous regions.
SkyDrive claims to be the only company in Japan to have successfully conducted manned eVTOL test flights, and it is currently developing a two-seat, battery-powered flying car for full-scale production.
Suzuki has agreed to support SkyDrive with R&D, commercial-scale manufacturing, and global marketing and distribution. SkyDrive intends to begin offering air taxi services at the 2025 World Exposition in Osaka before expanding to other parts of Japan.
According to reports, India will be the first overseas market for its manned flying cars, which will aid the country’s transition to carbon neutrality. Suzuki sees its SkyDrive partnership as an opportunity to diversify its mobility business, which currently includes automobiles, motorcycles, outboard motors, and motorized wheelchairs.