Exclusive — Zuri updates hybrid eVTOL design from four to five-seater and a new V‑tail

As a result of tech­nol­o­gy demon­stra­tor tests, sub­scale mod­els, aero­dy­nam­ics sim­u­la­tions and many com­plex cal­cu­la­tions, sig­nif­i­cant changes in the design of the Zuri hybrid eVTOL have been made.

One of the changes that will affect the pas­sen­ger ver­sion the most is the change in the inter­nal lay­out, with the orig­i­nal VIP and Exec­u­tive vari­ants, which had dif­fer­ent seat­ing arrange­ments, are now uni­fied into a 1+2+2 scheme.

From the out­side, the most sig­nif­i­cant change has been made at the air­craft’s rear, where instead of a stan­dard tail with the ver­ti­cal sta­bi­liz­er, there is now a V Tail to allow for larg­er pro­pellers and a fur­ther increase in the dis­tance between pro­pellers and the ground.

Fur­ther­more, using a V Tail should result in low­er aero­dy­nam­ic drag and help in the plane’s over­all aero­dy­nam­ics char­ac­ter­is­tics. Minor design changes have also been made to the Car­go ver­sion, whose inte­ri­or space is now bet­ter suit­ed for dif­fer­ent types of car­go.

ZURI’s hybrid eVTOL can trans­port pas­sen­gers and car­go at dis­tances over 700 km, a range that makes it sig­nif­i­cant­ly fur­ther than those oth­er com­pa­nies which use elec­tric­i­ty exclu­sive­ly to pow­er their air­craft.

Zuri 2.0 basic para­me­ters

Range700+ km (435 miles) plus a 30-minute reserve
Cruis­ing speed300+ km/h (186+ mph)
Pow­er unitsEight tilt­ing elec­tric motors
On-board gen­er­a­torTur­bine with an elec­tric­i­ty gen­er­a­tor for pow­er­ing elec­tric motors and recharg­ing Lithi­um bat­ter­ies

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This article was compiled by the eVTOL Insights editorial team.

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