Japan’s Suzuki, SkyDrive sign deal to develop, market ‘flying cars’

TOKYO — Japanese automaker Suzuki Motor Corp and ‘flying automobile’ agency SkyDrive Inc mentioned on Tuesday they’ve signed a deal to staff up in analysis, growth and advertising and marketing of electrical, vertical takeoff and touchdown (eVTOL) plane.

In a joint assertion, the 2 firms mentioned they can even work to open up new markets with an preliminary deal with India, the place Suzuki has a roughly half share of the auto market. Suzuki introduced on Sunday it plans to take a position 104.4 billion rupees ($1.37 billion) in its India manufacturing facility to supply electrical automobiles and batteries.

The businesses did not disclose particulars of investments of their partnership, nor define any manufacturing timetable or goal.

Based in 2018, Tokyo-headquartered SkyDrive counts massive Japan companies like buying and selling home Itochu Corp, tech agency NEC Corp and a unit of power firm Eneos Holdings Inc amongst its primary shareholders. In 2020 it raised 5.1 billion yen ($42 million) in whole in Sequence B funds, in line with its web site.

SkyDrive is presently engaged within the growth of a compact, two-seating electric-powered flying automobile with plans for full-scale manufacturing. The assertion didn’t say whether or not Suzuki could be engaged on this particular car.

The corporate, which can also be growing cargo drones, goals to launch a ‘flying automobile’ service in Osaka in 2025 when the Japanese metropolis hosts the World Expo.

For Suzuki, the partnership will add ‘flying automobiles’ as a fourth mobility enterprise, along with cars, bikes and outboard motors, the assertion mentioned.

($1 = 120.4500 yen)

(Reporting by Satoshi Sugiyama; Modifying by Kenneth Maxwell)

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