Maruti, a prominent Indian automaker, is now aiming high. Its parent company, Suzuki, is based in Japan, and the company plans to develop electric air copters.
With the ability to carry at least three passengers, including the pilot, the electric air copters would be bigger than drones but smaller than conventional helicopters.
The goal of this action is to be a pioneer in the development of new mobility solutions, starting with the US and Japanese markets and gradually moving on to India. These aerial taxis have the potential to completely transform transportation, much like the on-ground versions of Uber and Ola.
Maruti is considering manufacturing in India in order to reduce manufacturing costs, in addition to exploring the Indian market for sales.
Maruti Suzuki has decided to rename their electric air copters SkyDrive. With 12 motor and rotor units, it is anticipated to make its debut at the 2025 Osaka Expo in Japan. Although Maruti intends to eventually introduce this technology to India through the ‘Make in India’ initiative, the initial sales focus will be on Japan and the US. Currently, the business is searching the Indian market for possible partners and clients. The cost of the air drones must be low for them to be successful in India.
The report stated that the air copter would weigh almost half as much as a conventional helicopter, with a take-off weight of 1.4 tonnes. It can take off and land on building rooftops because of its low weight.
The report went on to say that another benefit of electrification is a significant decrease in the number of aircraft parts, which lowers manufacturing and maintenance costs.