Skydrive eVTOL Production Launch – DRONELIFE

SkyDrive and KENPO partner on electric charging infrastructure for eVTOLLaunch of SD-05 Manufacturing Marks a Milestone in Advanced Air Mobility, Aiming for 2025 Osaka Expo Debut

Japanese flying-car manufacturer Skydrive recently announced that production of their SD-05 eVTOL had begun in partnership with Suzuki Motor Corporation at their plant in Iwata City, Shizuoka, Japan. This is a significant step in the development of the advanced air mobility space in Asia and worldwide.

SkyDrive eVTOL Production Launch

The first rivet ceremony took place on March 6, 2024, attended by Toshihiro Suzuki, Representative Director and President of Suzuki, Tomohiro Fukuzawa, CEO of SkyDrive, all employees from Sky Works and other representatives. Sky Works was founded as the manufacturing arm of Skydrive. The partnership with Suzuki is expected to produce over 100 units in the first year. 

Skydrive is currently looking to acquire type certification from the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau for the SD-05, which seats 2 and has a maximum cruise speed of over 100 km/hr. The goal of the company is to have the product showroom ready for the 2025 Osaka Expo. 

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Tomohiro Fukuzawa, CEO of SkyDrive, said, “Partnering with Suzuki, a renowned automotive manufacturer, is a momentous occasion for SkyDrive. It is the beginning of a new phase. We share a goal of quality, innovation, and customer satisfaction, making them an ideal partner in our quest to revolutionize urban air mobility.”

Nobuo Kishi, President of Sky Works Inc., added, “We are thrilled to begin production of the SKYDRIVE (SD-05) with Suzuki’s manufacturing specialists. This facility allows us to produce high-quality eVTOLs efficiently and effectively, ensuring we meet the needs of our customers.”

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