The first one to get the green light a couple of months ago was an engineering hub in Irvine, California. Covering 105,000 square feet (9,754 square meters) and boasting a futuristic design with an aviation theme, the new engineering hub is set to employ hundreds of people.
The second one was the startup's policy and commercial office, set up in Washington, DC This one is a three-story office covering more than 28,000 square feet (2,600 square meters).
Lastly, the last one to join the club is the company's most important facility, the research and development hub. This is where Supernal will work on battery technology, intelligent systems, and autonomy technology for its future eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing). This important center is located in Fremont, California, primarily for its proximity to Silicon Valley.
The exact location is Scott Creek Business Park, with more than 100 employees working in the 72,000 square-foot (6,689 square meters) facility.
Unlike most eVTOL developers, Supernal has kept the technical details of its future air taxi under wraps. One of the reasons is that the Korean company is focusing on more than an all-electric aircraft. Supernal envisions a futuristic mobility eco-system where air taxis are interconnected with ground-based autonomous vehicles.
In the cities of the future, passengers would quickly catch an air taxi at the vertiport, fly across the busy city center in no time at all, and then continue their journey inside a self-driving vehicle on the ground. Plus, each of these mobility ecosystems would be specifically tailored to the needs of different communities.
In other words, Supernal wants to develop electric aircraft and a supporting ground infrastructure as well. For now, it's working with several big names in the industry on endowing the future eVTOL with the best technology on the market. The ultimate goal is to obtain the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) certification for US operations.
Last year, Supernal joined forces with the City of Miami to create an "AAM roadmap,” announced as one of the first of its kind in the industry. On the other hand, the company already got an important award for the design of its aircraft cabin.
Things are looking good for Hyundai's AAM company, less than three years after the official launch, but there's still a long road ahead. The Korean startup hopes that its air taxi will enter service by 2028.