LuftCar announces plans to develop HYDROB, a hydrogen fuel cell - battery hybrid propulsion system for the Advanced Air Mobility market.
LuftCar today announced their plans to develop HYDROB, a hydrogen fuel cell - battery hybrid propulsion system for the eVTOL market. HYDROB will serve to give enough vertical thrust to lift vehicles up to 8500 lb. GVW. and cover distances up to 500 miles.
LuftCar, partnered with Bosch Aviation and a few other automotive fuel cell companies, will act as a systems integrator in developing the propulsion system. The technology will be developed in an undisclosed location in the United States. The type of fuel cell and the battery chemistry are not revealed at this moment. The fuel cell will have high energy densities and the battery will have high power densities.
LuftCar leadership has decades of experience building fuel cell systems and aircraft frames. Santh Sathya, Founder and CEO of LuftCar, who has in a previous career played a critical technical role in building 300 hydrogen fuel cell cars for Ford Motor Company, says that LuftCar is innovating a systems solution to convert automotive fuel cell powertrain into aviation grade system. HYDROB is expected to be light weight and compact and can be packaged in airframes. The propulsion system also can work with liquid or gaseous hydrogen on board.
LuftCar plans to develop and sell HYDROB to other advanced air mobility or eVTOL OEMs. HYDROB will create demand for hydrogen and will accelerate the adoption of hydrogen as a major fuel carrier for the growing regional air mobility industry.
LuftCar also has proposals to build hydrogen refueling infrastructure to create an ecosystem for LuftCars to operate from city to city. To quote Santh Sathya. “We are delighted that the $7M hydrogen hub grants are official now. As part of our contribution to the hydrogen economy, in addition to building the LuftCars and the HYDROBs, we aim to build hydrogen refueling vertiports called LuftPads as technology demonstrators. These LuftPads will also serve road transport and utility level storage in addition to air mobility.
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LuftCar and Bosch sign memorandum of understanding to develop hydrogen fuel cell BoP components for the air and road eVTOL vehicle
LuftCar LLC is delighted to announce the signing of a memorandum of understanding with Bosch Aviation in the effort to develop vehicle prototypes. Bosch will develop BoP (balance of Plant) fuel cell components for proof-of-concept, with the aim to support LuftCar commercialization.
The CEO of LuftCar, Santh Sathya says ‘we look forward to leveraging Bosch’s vast expertise in the fuel cell BOP systems and components as we create our proprietary fuel cell powertrain, which will be a game changer in electric aviation. Hopefully, we will be able to forge a long term relationship with Bosch as we build our prototypes’.
The General Manager of Bosch Aviation Technology LLC, Anthony Jager Angelo states that the combination of using fuel cell and electric propulsion resonates with the position of Bosch to support solutions for CO2 neutral means of mobility.
LuftCar, based out of Orlando FL, is developing a hydrogen powered autonomous air and road eVTOL, which will be most likely commercialized by 2025 – 2026. Bosch Aviation Technology LLC is headquartered in Novi, Michigan.
Orlando FL based LuftCar’s CEO Santh Sathya announced yesterday that the company has signed MOUs with two airports in Germany. The names of the airports will not be revealed due to strategic reasons and will be referred to as Airport A and Airport B.
LuftCar will develop a prototype for the hydrogen powered air and road eVTOL vehicle at Airport A, targeting European market. A production facility to serve European markets could also be located near the vicinity of Airport A. LuftCar has been steadily building a supply chain in Germany.
LuftCar will demonstrate use cases for last mile cargo delivery, regional transportation, hydrogen refueling and cohabitation with commercial airlines in Airport B. The US based startup will also help Airport B demonstrate a regional transportation hub for LuftCar.
Santh Sathya released LuftCar’s vertiport concept, which is called LuftPad (TM). Speaking at the Vertical Flight Society’s H2-Aero Symposium at Long Beach CA on March 28th, 2022, Santh stated that ‘LuftPads are vertiports with hydrogen refueling capability for electric aircrafts, which can also support road transportation and utility power. We will leverage existing infrastructure to build LuftPads every 50 miles radius. Our hydrogen powered multi modal vehicle makes it unnecessary to build too many vertiports within the urban environment’.
LuftCar is looking forward to enhancing its presence in Germany.
Santh Sathya LUFTCAR Founder & CEO Invited By International Investors, Attending Dubai Airshow After Receiving Best In Presentation At The Miami Airshow
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates-- Sunday, November 14, 2021-- Mr. Santh Sathya, Founder and CEO, of LuftCar, LLC is in the Middle East meeting with investors during his second air show this month. LuftCar is a hydrogen powered, autonomous vehicle, vertical lift, land and air transportation start-up. The Company will produce a true flying car, with combined road and air capability. Sathya said he is now looking forward to building opportunities with global customers in personal mobility, shared car, disaster relief, defense and last mile delivery.
On Friday, September 24th 2021 Santh Sathya, founder of LuftCar had the privilege to present at eVTOL Insights Virtual Networking Event. He founded LuftCar LLC, which is the autonomous air and road mobility eVTOL mobility company in March 2021. During the event Santh presented the different aspects of LuftCar that will help grow the eVTOL space. He touched based on his vision of creating a fully hydrogen powered vehicle and also emphasized how LuftCar can be used as air ambulance, disaster relief, shared and personal mobility vehicle. Santh cares deeply for environmental sustainability and is a relentless innovator of technologies that solves complex problems, improve lives, build social equity, and fuels progress. LuftCar is hoping to bring its disruptive technology to market by 2024 and the company appreciates this networking opportunity at eVTOL Insights event.
LUFTCAR Selected By CleanTech Open As Regional Winner To Advance To National Judging As Part Of The CleanTech Open Global Forum
LuftCar, a hydrogen powered, autonomous vehicle, vertical lift, land and air transportation start-up, is South East Regional Winner to advance to Nationals.
Online PR News - 30-September-2021 - LuftCar, LLC a hydrogen powered, autonomous vehicle, vertical lift, land and air transportation start-up, is the South East Regional Winner to advance to Nationals as part of the CleanTechOpen Global Forum.
By: Tyler Lewis
The industry developed by LuftCar and urban air mobility vehicles will develop the urban and, eventually, the global hydrogen infrastructure. Just like the Tesla superchargers, hydrogen refueling sites will be part of our renewable future. Currently, hydrogen is hard to store and expensive to make; however, hydrogen is energy-dense and burns cleanly – reacting with oxygen to create water and release energy.
There are two ways to make hydrogen: via Electrolysis and Steam Reforming. Steam Reforming is not environmentally friendly, and it produces large amounts of methane gas. Electrolysis uses electricity to separate hydrogen from water molecules; it's environmentally friendly but incurs a net loss of energy. The increased relevance of hydrogen fuel will result in the development and integration of Electrolysis, hydrogen storage, and distribution infrastructure. LuftCar will help develop this infrastructure as it increases the demand for hydrogen. Furthermore, LuftCar plays a large part in decreasing global emissions since it promotes hydrogen infrastructure. Hydrogen has the potential to be used in local and commercial air transport, areas that electric batteries currently do not have the physical capacity to be a scalable option.
For air travel, hydrogen is the solution. Meeting the 2050 climate accords will not be easy without the implementation of green commercial air travel. Investment in hydrogen battery solutions will ensure our future on this planet by supporting the development of renewable air transportation. Investment in LuftCar is the perfect stepping stone for the development of clean aerial transportation. Luftcar will be able to act as a transport vehicle for healthcare, military, and economic purposes making the vehicle a reliable platform for investment into the integration, and development of hydrogen power into the future of large-scale transportation. LuftCar's Stable quad motor platform proves its versatility.