Urban Aeronautics has partnered with hydrogen fuel cell maker HyPoint to design a flying car powered on hydrogen. The energy source means the car would be extremely low emissions and do very little damage to the environment. The retro-looking concept design is unlikely to be put on the market any time soon, much to sci-fi enthusiasts’ disappointment.
But film fans of the 1980s will be quick to point out the design is similar to the time-travelling DeLorean vehicle from Back To The Future – from the side at least.
CityHawk is classed as an electrical vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL), and an aerial view of the concept machine reveals it is fitted with two huge fans at the front and back, allowing it to lift off vertically.
Rafi Yoeli, CEO of Urban Aeronautics, told New Atlas: “We look forward to collaborating with HyPoint on the integration of the next generation of hydrogen fuel cell systems for eVTOL transportation and the urban air mobility market.
“As a high-power, 100 percent environmentally friendly fuel, hydrogen is key to the future of eVTOL aircraft.”
Several firms have recently expressed an interest in creating flying taxis, including the likes of Uber, NASA, Rolls Royce and Airbus.
Research from management consultancy Horváth & Partners found that by 2035, there will be 23,000 airline taxis around the world, totalling 15 million flight hours.
By 2050, this number will rise to a staggering three million flying taxis and then seven million of the aircrafts by 2070.
For perspective, Uber currently has around two million drivers worldwide.
The engine maker’s futuristic design will also be able to fly at an astonishing 250mph for up to 500 miles as it aims to make cross country travel rapid.
It is 101 miles, as the crow flies, between London and Birmingham, meaning the flying taxi would take just 20 minutes to travel between the cities.
Taxi conglomerate Uber is also in the game. In early 2018, the company revealed plans to release flying taxis in as little as two years and the firm hopes they will be driverless within 10 years.
The company previewed its Uber Air design models which are designed to taxi up to four people in the skies of major cities.
Uber unveiled the model, which is has been dubbed the vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) craft, at the Elevate Summit in Los Angeles.