Suzuki aims for sky, to make e-air copters

Feb 12, 2024

New Delhi: From being a car manufacturer that gives momentum to the country, Maruti now aims to touch the sky, courtesy of Japanese parents. Suzuki, The company is planning to create electric air copter – Larger than a drone but smaller than a conventional helicopter – carrying at least three passengers, including the pilot.
the idea is to take one initial lead in New mobility solutionsWhich may be initially targeted at consumers in Japan and the US, and will then come to India – rather quickly, and that too very soon. these could be air taxis Similar to ground-based Uber and Ola cars. This initiative will not be limited to just exploring India for sales. Kento Ogura, assistant manager, global automobile planning department, Suzuki Motor (Automobile Product Planning Group), said the company is also considering manufacturing in India for economic reasons and is working on the feasibility, including talking to aviation regulator DGCA. . TOI on the occasion of Bharat Mobility Global Expo.
The SkyDrive – with 12 units of motors and rotors – will debut at the 2025 Osaka Expo in Japan and may be offered for sale first in Japan and the US. After this, the plan is to focus on 'Make in India', Ogura said. “We are doing market research to look for customers and partners in India.”
Suzuki officials said the product could not be expensive to be successful in India. “It should be cheaper than a helicopter.”
Weighing 1.4-tonne, the take-off weight of this air copter is almost half that of a conventional helicopter. This enables building roofs to be used as take-off and landing locations.
Also, due to electrification the number of parts in an aircraft has been reduced to one-tenth that of a helicopter. “This has resulted in a significant reduction in aircraft manufacturing and maintenance costs,” the company says.

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