English City to Host World-first Electric Flying Car Airport
Flying cars have been growing in popularity in the past few years with even big players such as Boeing and Porsche looking to develop these vehicles. Now, a city in England is getting ready to host the world's first airport for flying cars.
British-based start-up Urban-Air Port has partnered with car giant Hyundai Motor to engineer this futuristic airport in order to give everyone a taste of what is to come in the future of air travel. They are calling their new construction the Urban Air Port.
The new project will develop a zero-emission infrastructure that will host the next generation of electric and autonomous air vehicles.
"Cars need roads. Trains need rails. Planes need airports. electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOL) will need Urban Air Ports. Over a hundred years ago, the world’s first commercial flight took off, creating the modern connected world. Urban Air Port will improve connectivity across our cities, boost productivity and help the UK to take the lead in a whole new clean global economy," said Ricky Sandhu, founder and chief executive officer of Urban Air Port.
"Flying cars used to be a futuristic flight of fancy. Air-One will bring clean urban air transport to the masses and unleash a new airborne world of zero-emission mobility.
An Urban Air Port is 60% smaller than a traditional heliport, can be installed in a matter of days, and can be moved to alternative sites if the need arises. It's also extremely eco-friendly as it emits net-zero carbon emissions.
An Urban Air Port can support any eVTOL and is ideal for emergency circumstances as it can rapidly deploy drones and other eVTOL to transport supplies, equipment, and people where needed most.
In the meantime, Hyundai stated it has plans to create its own eVTOL aircraft and is supporting the development of Air-One as part of its plan to commercialize its aircraft by 2028. The new airport is being built in the city of Coventry and will be ready by November 2021. The project won a 1.2-million-pound ($1.65-million) UK government grant.