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A hydrogen-powered ‘flying car’, Skai, to ease traffic snarls

Considered as the “first air mobility vehicle powered by hydrogen fuel cells”, the Massachusetts startup Alaka’i has designed a flying car – Skai. This five-passenger Skai, the hydrogen fuel cells gives a maximum range of 400 miles (640 km) with a flight time of up to four hours.

The Skai takes off and lands vertically similar to that of a drone. According to Vertical Flight Society, an industry group it is one of the many similar electric flying crafts in production, including prototypes from Boeing and Airbus that made successful test flights this year.

Many of them are powered by batteries due to which it can add a lot of weight. Instead, the Skai is using a very light hydrogen fuel cells in order to run its rotors, which can give it a range of 644 km as well as the capacity to carry 454 kilograms in people or freight, as said by the company.

Though several car makers have not been able to bring hydrogen fuel cell technology into the automotive mainstream, describing its invention Alaka’i confirmed it as the “world’s first hydrogen fuel cell-powered air mobility solution.”

(Image Courtesy: The Economic Times)

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