SkyDrive, a leading Japanese eVTOL developer, is gearing up to launch its aircraft in 2025 in time for the Osaka Expo, said Tomohiro Fukuzawa, owner of the company.

Speaking to FINN, he said: “SkyDrive is an eVTOL company started in Japan, and five years have passed since we started our project.

“After one and a half years, we started a demo flight and now we are preparing our commercial vehicle to start our operation in 2025 at the Osaka Expo in Japan.

“The uniqueness of our eVTOL is that we are lightweight multicopter type [aircraft] and have three seats. Two people can fly so it is very good for use cases and also cost efficiency.”

SkyDrive eVTOL

SkyDrive’s vision is to create a future where everyone has access to eVTOLs as their daily transportation in Japan and across the world.

The company succeeded in the first crewed flight test in Japan in 2019 and its eVTOL is in the process of acquiring its Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) certification.

SkyDrive and CT UAV in Vietnam recently announced that they had signed a memorandum of understanding for a pre-order of up to 100 SkyDrive eVTOL aircraft.

CT UAV is a subsidiary of CT Group, a multi-business group in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, developing various kinds of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technologies.
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