Do you believe in UFOs or as the U.S. government now calls them UAPs? Even if you’re a skeptic this eVTOL from ZEVA AERO might come off as something like an alien craft. After the successful controlled flight test of the ZERO earlier this year, the company shares exciting details about its successor they aptly call the Z2.
Not to worry, because they are keeping the iconic saucer-like outline of the original but introducing more upgrades. For now, the emission-free aircraft prototype remains a single-seater, but there is word of a two-seater in development. The latter can function as an air taxi to replace helicopters and private jets.
Aside from personal transport, ZEVA AERO also eyes its use in logistics, military, and emergency services. The design of the Z2 follows that of the ZERO wherein you have a disc-shape wing with room for one operator/passenger. There is also ample space to store cargo.
Depending on its task, it’s enough to hold supplies, food, and ammunition. Lift and propulsion are supplied by the propellers. The ZERO uses eight and features a dedicated landing skid. As for the Z2, it comes with four that are notably larger and fixed to stems that also function as landing struts.
ZEVA AERO is likewise researching a next-generation battery, but details are still under wraps. With the current setup, the Z2 promises a range of about 50 miles. Furthermore, it can reach a top speed of approximately 160 mph. The new model is still compatible with the SkyDock – a vertical docking system installed on the sides of skyscrapers for these types of eVTOLs.Discover More
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