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SkyDrive Enters US Market

SkyDrive Enters US Market

Japanese eVTOL manufacturer SkyDrive announced its plan to enter the US market and build a home base in developing an advanced air mobility ecosystem in South Carolina.

At the 2023 annual VFS eVTOL Symposium in Mesa, Arizona, the Toyota-headquartered company also revealed its plan to study practical use cases originating from several of its major airports using its SD-05 eVTOL aircraft.

Local and state government agencies, including the Beaufort County Economic Development Corporation (BCEDC), supported the decision, bringing South Carolina to the forefront of the commercial operations of eVTOL aircraft.

“The decision to make South Carolina our home base and our window into the U.S. market was an easy one considering that it is a significant player in both the commercial and military aviation industries, and it is home to more than 400 aerospace and aviation companies including Boeing and Lockheed Martin,” said Tomohiro Fukuzawa, founder and CEO, SkyDrive.

Harry M. Lightsey III, Secretary of Commerce at State of South Carolina Department of Commerce, said SkyDrive’s electric propulsion technology and sustainable transportation ideas are the perfect fit for the state’s business roster and growing business development goals.

SkyDrive is expected to launch commercial operations in 2026.

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