The Japanese Government Is Betting on This Suzuki-Backed Electric Air Taxi | eVTOL

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SkyDrive is perhaps the best-known Japanese eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) manufacturer, and it now has the power to expand even further. This is mostly due to a recent financial boost that will help accelerate the certification process for its flagship air taxi.

The Small and Medium Enterprise Innovation Promotion Project (SBIR) is how the Japanese government is supporting the transition towards AAM (Advanced Air Mobility). The dense urban centers and specific geographic challenges make Japan particularly suitable for air transportation vehicles that can reach remote areas and travel without emissions.

During Phase 3 of this program, SkyDrive became one of the startups that received an innovation grant from the government. It will translate to a financial boost of more than 12 billion yen (approximately $82.6 million), enough to accelerate SkyDrive’s…

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