Supernal is one of the names in the AAM (Advanced Air Mobility) sector worth remembering. Officially launched as Hyundai Motor Group’s foray into the world of electric air taxis, the startup is growing deep roots in the US as well. Its third and final facility to be open in America this year is officially up and running.
Earlier this year, Supernal announced it will expand its presence in the US with three new facilities in separate locations.
The first one to get the green light a couple of months ago was an engineering hub in Irvine, California. Covering 105,000 square feet (9,754 square meters) and boasting a futuristic design with an aviation theme, the new engineering hub is set to employ hundreds of people.
The second one was the startup’s policy and commercial office, set up in Washington, DC This one is a three-story office covering more than 28,000 square feet (2,600 square meters).
Lastly, the last one to join the club is the company’s most important facility, the research and development hub. This is where Supernal will work on battery technology, intelligent systems, and autonomy technology for its future eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing). This important center is located in Fremont, California, primarily for its proximity to Silicon Valley.
The exact location is Scott Creek Business Park, with more than 100 employees working in the 72,000 square-foot (6,689 square meters) facility.
Unlike most eVTOL developers, Supernal has kept the technical details of its future air taxi under wraps. One of the reasons is that the Korean company is focusing on more than an all-electric aircraft. Supernal envisions a futuristic mobility eco-system where air taxis are interconnected with ground-based autonomous vehicles.
In the cities of the future, passengers would quickly catch an air taxi at the vertiport, fly across the busy city center in no time at all, and then continue their journey inside a self-driving vehicle on the ground. Plus, each of these…