And it will be based in the US.
Hyundai has come a long way since the days of the 1986 Excel and offers some pretty impressive cars such as the Ioniq Electric that are taking the fight directly to established EV players such as Tesla. But venturing into the world of emission-free motoring isn't enough for Hyundai; the Korean manufacturer wants to take to the skies. We've been reporting on Hyundai's dreams of flying cars for a while now, and the company has recently doubled down on the idea. The flying car is gaining traction in Europe with the first road-legal example launching late last year, and now Hyundai has announced that its first flying taxi will make its first passenger flight in 2028.
Hyundai will be operating its flying taxi business under the Supernal brand which will be based in the US. Supernal hopes that its first electric-powered flying car will help alleviate urban traffic and says that the vehicle will be able to seat four to five passengers. Supernal is also working on bringing advanced air mobility (AAM) tech to the market to help further the cause of the flying car. Supernal has been working with Urban-Air Port, a UK startup that aims to open a dedicated eVTOL landing hub in Coventry by 2028. Infrastructure is critical to the success of these ambitious plans.
"In adding a new dimension to mobility, we are on a mission to transform how people and society move, connect, and live," said Supernal CEO and Hyundai president Jaiwon Shin. "We are working to build the right product and the right integrated market, and we will leverage Hyundai Motor Group's scaled manufacturing expertise to ensure AAM reaches the right price point and is accessible to the masses."
Even if Hyundai gets a car off the ground by 2028, it will still have to contend with some serious legislation and zoning issues, but that's a fight for another day. At the moment, the brand continues to work on its airy dream and is forging ahead with electric and hydrogen-powered cars.