The AIR4 Reneault eVTOL features a 22000mAh lithium-polymer battery, four propellers, and a single chassis piece. (Image Credit: Renault)
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Renault 4’s release, the Arsenale and Renault worked together to develop a prototype Renault AIR4 eVTOL. By the end of 2021, AIR4 is expected to be showcased in Paris at the Atelier Renault on the Champs Elysées. Aftward, it will be on display in Miami and New York in early 2022.
The AIR4’s chassis isn’t a standard type. Instead, it’s made of aluminum alloy and carbon fiber while housing the central structure, four arms, and 100V 22000mAh Li-Po battery. The eVTOL uses four twin-blade propellers to generate lift. One propeller mounts on each arm and receives power through the electric motor that produces 95 kilograms of thrust each, totaling 380 kilograms.
Instead of traditional car doors, the AIR4’s body is a single, lightweight piece, helping to keep weight down. It’s also hinged on the front, allowing a pilot to enter and exit the vehicle.
The chassis is hinged on the front, allowing easy accessibility for the pilot. (Image Credit: Renault)
The Renault AIR4 eVTOL can only be flown for 15 minutes and ascend to 700 meters. It also has a climb rate of 14 meters per second, restricted to 4 meters per second for safety purposes. Meanwhile, the maximum descent rate is 3 meters per second. On the other hand, it can fly at a maximum speed of 53 to 56 mph.
“A symbol of independence and freedom in carbon-fiber form, the AIR4 is born of the realization that traffic is compounding, lives are grinding to a halt, but the world above us is clear. The opportunities are endless. AIR4 claims the air as the new road for enthusiastic drivers. We embrace the notion of nostalgia meeting state-of-the-art technology, a design cocktail which, in the case of the AIR4, has resulted in a truly bespoke reinterpretation of a retro icon with entirely new dynamic capabilities,” The Arsenale wrote on its website.
Seeing how many accidents people get into on a 2D plane, what will it be in 3D?
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