Israeli company eVTOL AIR unveils AIR ONE prototype at the Kentucky Derby
Israeli eVTOL (electric vehicle take-off and landing) manufacturer, AIR, unveiled its full-scale prototype of its AIR ONE personal transportation vehicle, at the Kentucky Derby this week and announced a newly established partnership with a exhibition and an Aéroauto urban air mobility concessionaire. Aeroauto will support the commercial deployment of AIR ONE scheduled for 2024.
The Kentucky Derby horse race held annually in Louisville, Ky., is the first of many stops on AIR ONE’s prototype tour. The Aeroauto showroom will showcase the AIR ONE and its virtual flight simulation technology between events. As the newest addition to the AIR Brand Ambassador (ABA) program, Aeroauto will help establish the local infrastructure required for personal EV aviation and act as a maintenance provider. The partnership will also allow AIR ONE customers to access the Aeroauto Flight Academy.
“It is a great honor to become the world’s first dedicated urban air mobility vehicle showroom and dealership, bringing an international manufacturer to North America as an AIR brand ambassador, while becoming their flagship North American retailer for sales, service and customer training,” said Sean Borman, CEO of Aeroauto. “We believe that AIR’s advanced technology will be a great asset to the automotive industry. personal transportation as a whole.The AIR ONE is an exciting addition to the personal transportation market in the United States and for anyone who has dreamed of these incredible machines for decades.
Unlike commercial aviation, AIR’s first eVTOL transportation vehicle will give public consumers the ability to incorporate flight into their daily lives as a cleaner, faster alternative to driving conventional combustion engine cars.
Founded by Chen Rosen and later joined by Netanel Goldberg and Rani Plaut and based in the verdant fields of Pardes Hanna, near Tel Aviv, AIR began designing prototypes in 2017 and began testing system functionality in 2019. According to the company, its flagship model is designed for up to two passengers, runs on electricity only and is capable of traveling 110 miles (177 km) on a single charge at speeds as high as 155 miles per hour (250 km per hour). As an eVTOL, AIR ONE has the ability to take off and land on any flat surface.
The company will soon begin testing hover capabilities and is working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to finalize its formal application of the G1 Certification Baseline Document, a certification that establishes mandatory environmental and airworthiness standards.
“It’s exciting that we were able to celebrate this milestone and unveil AIR ONE at a truly iconic event like the Kentucky Derby, with the help of Churchill Downs,” said Rani Plaut, CEO and Co-Founder of AIR. “Alongside our new partner, Aeroauto, the pioneers we met at the Derby will play a crucial role in driving public acceptance of personal eVTOLs, propelling the entire industry forward, transforming the way we moving around and adding a dose of adventure to everyday life. ”
AIR has started accepting pre-orders for AIR ONE on its website.