The Slovak vision of mobility
The company Aeromobil, established in Bratislava by Juraj Vaculik and Stefan Klein, is yet further proof that the Slovak automotive industry is evolving and is bursting with innovativeness. The vehicle, which transforms from a four-wheeled car to an almost real sports aeroplane, has been designed as one of the mobility options of the future.
The vehicle is produced in one of the industrial buildings on the outskirts of Bratislava, where a series of companies related to the Slovak automotive industry operate. The company was established in 2010, and it took three years for the first prototype to be produced.
The hybrid vehicle can cover a range up to 700 kilometres on just one tank of ordinary petrol. When in plane mode, it can take off from any airport or aerodrom in the world. It needs only 200 metres for a take-off and 50 metres for landing. The petrol engine propels the plane to a speed of 200 kilometres per hour. It takes just three minutes for the vehicle to transform from car to aeroplane.
The futuristic design of the plane, with its folded wings, means it can be parked in a regular car park.
Aeromobil is designed for two people. The first deliveries are planned for 2020, and the cost of this futuristic vehicle is one million euros. The company plans to sell 500 flying cars.
Aeromobil was first presented in 2014, and the latest version, 4.0, is, according to the entrepreneurs, safer and faster, and is legally permitted for use on the road and in the air.
Slovakia is particularly strong in the automotive industry due to the highly qualified and motivated workforce and favourable conditions created by the state for this industry. Today there are three carmakers in Slovakia, and soon a new factory will be built by Jaguar Land Rover. In Slovakia, however, not only production but also the development and research of new technologies is developing.
For the Slovak automotive industry, it really can be said that ‘the sky is the limit’. Thanks to projects such as the Aeromobil, Slovakia ranks among the top countries in the automotive industry.