Designer and manufacturer of personal air vehicles Zeva Aero has launched its newest aircraft, the Z2.
The company first created Zero, a sub-scale prototype to bring people an alternative for their daily commute. The plan is to still create full-sized production aircraft and compete in the Boeing competition but also offer vehicles that don’t have requirements as extreme as those in the GoFly rules.
To improve flight even more, the new Z2 has a wider stance and larger propellers. This improves stability on the ground, as well as in the air, and makes flight more efficient than before.
The Z2 is a single-passenger aircraft with the ability to float or fly into the wind. It can be piloted remotely or autonomously, and has an objective range of 50 miles. The Z2’s battery packs power the four propellers, and it is able to carry up to 220 pounds of cargo.
The aircraft is intended to carry out military missions, carry freight, and perform search and rescue operations. The vehicle is also designed for personal use.
The Airship Z2 has a UFO-like design that, according to the manufacturer, combines the best aspects of a multirotor with a streamlined wing for increased efficiency and range; as such, the Z2 aircraft turns to be in a horizontal position during takeoff and when transitioning to forward flight.Zeva is currently focusing on taking its eVTOLs off the ground. The company successfully completed test flights with both artificial passengers and without any personnel aboard, they have their autonomous option which will be available in the future.
Zeva aims to sell 500 vehicles by the year 2025, and gain an airworthiness certificate from the FAA. These aircrafts would cost buyers $250,000 each and generate at least $125 million in revenue by 2025.
Japan-based company’s goal is for eVTOL taxis to become the main transportation within 25 years, with eVTOLs replacing cars.
We know that the timeline is really ambitious, but it feels like a plausible possibility considering the level of innovation in aviation. Let’s keep it between us, but we are still longing for flying cars.
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