The Kelekona eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) aims to revolutionize the mass transit industry with its sleek, high-capacity drone bus concept. The futuristic drone bus features a 3D printed composite and aluminum exterior that is designed for high-performance aerodynamics. The Kelekona eVTOL is controlled by eight thrust vectoring fans that can be set for every stage of flight from takeoff to landing. The gargantuan drone is powered by a powerful modular battery pack that has 3.6-megawatt hours of capacity.
The Kelekona eVTOL will seat up to 40 passengers or carry up to 10,000 lbs. of cargo. The VTOL design of the drone allows it to land on rooftop helipads, increasing its usability and accessibility in urban environments. The drone bus ticket will likely price in at $85 with flights from Manhattan to the Hamptons, Boston to New York, New York to Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles to San Francisco. While the Kelekona eVTOL has not yet started physical production, it is expected to be released in 2022.
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The Kekona eVTOL is Designed to Carry Up to 40 Passengers
1. High-capacity Drones for Transportation - One of the disruptive innovations is the potential to significantly reduce travel time and cost for high-capacity transport of people or cargo.
2. 3D Printing Technology for Aerodynamic Design - Aerospace and manufacturing industries can leverage 3D printing technology to produce lighter, sturdier, and highly customizable drone structures with better airflow, suiting mobility needs of the future.
3. Modular Battery Packs for Electric Vehicles - A prominent innovation is to develop more energy-efficient and compact battery packs with longer-lasting capabilities to power electric-powered drones and other vehicles at scale.
1. Transportation Industry - The Kelekona eVTOL can disrupt the current transportation industry, especially by addressing traffic congestion, reducing travel time, and lowering overall transport costs.
2. Aerospace Industry - The aerospace industry can use the Kelekona's design principles and 3D printing technology to build other lightweight and aerodynamically designed drones, planes, and satellites.
3. Battery Manufacturing Industry - Battery manufacturing companies can improve battery technology for drones and other electric vehicles while minimizing the ecological impact caused by batteries' disposal.