SkyDrive, a Japanese eVTOL vehicle manufacturer, and Pacific Group, a Vietnamese company for investment promotion with international funds and interests in renewable energy, have announced that they have signed an MoU and agreed on a pre-order of 10 of SkyDrive’s “SD-05” and a conditional pre-order option up to 90 eVTOLs. Pacific Group has also agreed to explore sustainable and easily accessible new mobility solutions, focused on the use case of SkyDrive’s SD-05 flying vehicles, in the Vietnamese market, according to a press release.
The report says: “The significant traffic congestions happening on a daily basis remain a societal problem in Vietnam. SkyDrive and Pacific Group will collaborate to evaluate the potential use cases by exploring the requirements for eVTOL vehicle operations in Vietnam. They will also evaluate other commercial considerations such as vertiports, route and network planning, infrastructure requirements, and ecosystem with interested players who can play a role in launching new mobility solutions in Vietnam.
“The SD-05 is a two-seat, electric-powered compact aircraft with vertical takeoff and landing capabilities. Operated by a driver-pilot, its flight stability is secured with the assistance of a computer-controlled flight system.
“SkyDrive is in the process of acquiring a type certificate for the SD-05 from the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT). The company continues to work toward initiating practical use of flying cars during the World Exposition Osaka, Kansai scheduled for 2025 in Japan. The SD-05 is designed to travel up to approx. 10 km and the maximum cruise speed is 100 km/h. However, design and specifications are subject to change in accordance with the progress of design development.”
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