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Individual electric flying taxi Zeva Aero in the style of "flying saucer" (4 photos + video)


Flying electric vehicles with vertical takeoff andlanding (eVTOL) in the near future will become a reality for large cities and, first of all, will perform the task of prompt delivery of passengers in cities congested with traffic jams. EVTOL devices take on the most exotic forms, and engineers strive to create the optimal design while maintaining the safety of passengers. The developers of the American company Zeva Aero presented a unique flying vehicle Zeva Zero, the disc-shaped body of which resembles a tiny "flying saucer". The unusual device eVTOL will develop a unique speed of up to 260 km / h with an autonomous flight radius of 80 km.


The Zeva Zero passenger pilot must havenerves of steel and get ready for Superman-style flight - in a prone position, face down. The body of the "flying saucer" Zeva Zero has a diameter of 2.4 meters and is made of carbon fiber. The takeoff weight (including the pilot) is 317 kg. In the middle of the disc there is a cockpit with a transparent cover that allows the driver to see the world around him while operating an exotic device.

Zeva Zero is driven by 8 coupledcoaxial motors, which are installed in pairs on 4 racks located on both sides of the disk. On the ground, it is located in an upright position with a slight forward tilt and rests on a kind of "tail-stand". The pilot enters the cockpit through a hatch located at the rear of the drive.


In coaxial pairs of motors drivingZeva Zero, there are differences between the conditionally "upper" and "lower" propellers (in the initial position). The "upper" propellers are responsible for vertical take-off, and the lower ones, with a slightly larger blade pitch, are responsible for vertical flight at cruising speed. After takeoff, which takes about 20 seconds, the disk tilts, takes a horizontal position and begins to function as a mono-wing, ensuring stable flight. When the Zeva Zero reaches a certain speed, the vertical take-off blades fold in to reduce drag. Landing is carried out in the reverse order.

Zeva Zero batteries are located on bothside of the pilot and are enclosed in sealed carbon boxes with double walls, which will protect the system from overheating and prevent the leakage of toxic substances in the event of a battery fire. The battery capacity for the prototypes was 20 kWh, and a 25 kWh battery pack will be installed in the working apparatus.


The head of the Zeva Aero company notes that an unusualthe flying vehicle can be useful for a rapid response service, search and rescue operations, emergency delivery of specialists or supplies to the desired point. The device can also perform specific tasks assigned to it by the military. So far, testing has been done on a 1: 8 scale model, and a full-size prototype is currently being tested using safety lines. The working Zeva Zero will have a built-in parachute for an emergency. The estimated cost of the "flying saucer" will be about 250 thousand dollars.

Source: zevaaero