India’s urban air mobility to be boosted by EVTOL flying electric cars: Jyotiraditya Scindia | Aviation news
Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said on May 21 that India will have urban air mobility in the form of electric vehicle take-off and landing (EVTOL) across the country once trials in the United States and Canada completed. Speaking at [email protected], part of the seventh edition of India Ideas Conclave, hosted here by the India Foundation, Scindia recalled that he had the opportunity to be exposed to the new reality of aviation civilian – the concept of EVTOLS. “Today the trial is happening with the US Air Force and Canadian Air Force with the EVTOLs. As soon as they get the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA-US) certifications and other certifications, we will trying to make sure they come and set up their manufacturing bases here,” the Union Minister said.
“In the days to come, much like the robots we saw today, we hope to have urban air mobility in the form of EVTOL across the length and breadth of our country,” he said. added. The Union minister said India was already in talks with a number of producers in the United States and Canada. Scindia explained that civil aviation technology will first be adopted by the Air Force, “And when it becomes proof of concept, then it can seep into the civilian space,” said the minister to the audience.
Noting that world-class infrastructure was the call of the hour for any developed nation, Scindia pointed out that the main challenge was the high logistics cost. “Before 2014, India had 74 airports and over the past eight years we have built 67 additional airports, seaports and heliports. This number has gone from 74 in 70 years to 141 in the last eight years. It is our commitment to you (people) that by 2025 we will have over 200 airports, heliports and hydrodromes in India,” the Minister said.
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He added that India was not only looking to connect international destinations to the domestic sector or metro to metro, but was looking at last mile connectivity. “Growth will not only come from metros, it will come from Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities. Therefore, we are working to build a network of airports in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities, with seaplanes and waterdromes and heliports, so that global last mile connectivity becomes a reality in India,” Scindia said.
(With PTI entries)