Then marginalized in the early 2010s, alternative fuels or powertrains are enjoying increasing popularity. Electric and hydrogen in particular, which are unanimously regarded as the drive types of the future. This motivates various start-ups to take the plunge and think about the transport of the future.
Like Urban Aeronautics, which has just lifted the veil on a prototype and models of the CityHawk, a hydrogen-powered flying car. It’s crazy, but when you really think about it, it’s far from unrealistic.
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Why the choice of hydrogen?
You know that obtaining hydrogen in nature is complex and expensive. As a result, driving with hydrogen is significantly more expensive for the average consumer than driving with an electric drive, the prices of which will only fall as this type of car becomes established in our automotive landscape.
Unfortunately, in a more practical way, it is more profitable and practical for a transport company to fly a car on hydrogen than on electric.
To soar through the air, an aircraft consumes a lot of electricity. And keeping the same device in the air is just as energy intensive.
However, electric batteries have already shown their limitations when it comes to difficult tasks. Including moving a truck or plane. That’s why we are now increasingly focusing on hydrogen as the clean fuel of tomorrow in the aviation industry.
CityHawk by Urban Aeronautics
Shitty like a DeLorean from Back to the Future and looking pretty ’80s, the CityHawk is a flying vehicle with vertical takeoff and horizontal landing. With a speed of 270 km/h over a distance of 150 km/h, this vehicle of the future has up to 6 seats (excluding the driver’s seat) and is suitable for carpooling in a futuristic way.
From the Israeli design, its designer Urban Aeronautics hopes to launch 7 million units by 2070.