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Orlando will be home to the first flying cars mobility network in America

Lake Nova, Orlando will be home the nation's fist flying cars mobility network hub.

Photo courtesy of Lilium Jet

Orlando will be home to the first high-speed electric air mobility network in America. Lilium, the Munich, Germany-based aviation company behind the push, plans to have an all-electric, vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) jet aircraft ready by the time the Lake Nona vetiport location opens in 2025.

Within a 186-mile radius of the hub are 20 million Floridians. This includes the major cities of Tampa and Orlando. This mileage is the same as the range of the Lilium Jet aircraft, which can travel up to 186 mies within one hour on a single charge.

Lilium jet Lilium's flying cars have about 1,000 times less parts than a typical jet.Photo courtesy of Lilium Jet

The Florida hub is contiguous to Orlando International Airport, where 75 million visitors pass through each year during typical business conditions. Several aviation companies are located nearby including BBA Aviation/Signature Flight Support and SimCom Aviation Training. The Kennedy Space Center is also close to Orlando.

Liliu jet range The flying car is able to reach about 20 million Florida residents.Photo courtesy of Lilium Jet

The Lilium Jet uses 36 single-stage electric motors to thrust the vehicle in nearly any direction. This means that control surfaces, rudders, ailerons, and a tail are not required. In this respect, the jet operates similarly, but at a much higher level than a drone. The Lilium Jet has about the same number of individual parts as a typical family car, which is 1,000 times fewer than the typical jet.

Earlier this year, New Hampshire became the first state to pass a bill allowing flying cars on the road.

The vertiport location is subject to approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and other regulatory agencies. The Lilium jet is under certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the FAA and will operate under existing regulatory frameworks.

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The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 is a new all-electric addition to the company's lineup.

Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor Group

The newest member of the Hyundai family brings with it the prestige of also being the first of at least three all-electric vehciles that will wear the Ioniq name and be on-sale in the coming years. The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 battery electric vehicle (BEV) redefines the company's EV strategy, making models solely for EV purposes rather than modifying internal combustion engine cars and SUVs for EV power.

The car is built on Hyundai's dedicated BEV architecture called the Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). The new underpinnings allow the Ioniq 5 to be uniquely sized compared to Hyundai's other vehicles. It's six inches longer than the Tucson but four shorter than the Santa Fe. Its width is nearly the same as the Santa Fe, but it's four inches shorter. The CUV's wheelbase is four inches longer than the three-row Hyundai Palisade's.

The Ioniq is smaller than the Santa Fe but larger than the Tucson.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor Group

The exterior of the car features a clamshell hood that rests above unique daytime drumming lights. Small, pixel-like clusters are at the rear of the car as taillights.There are design nods to the 2022 Hyundai Tucson and Hyundai's '45' concept car in the company's exterior styling choices. The car is offered with aero-optimized 20-inch aerodynamic wheels and has a solar panel roof similar to the one on the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.

Hyundai will sell the two-row model in four configurations offering Standard Range or Long Range models equipped with rear- or all-wheel drive. The Standard Range RWD model has a 58-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack below the floor of the car. It paired with a 160-kilowatt motor that sits on the rear axle of the vehicle. Total power output is 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Hyundai says that this model gets from zero to 60 mph in 8.5 seconds but it's quicker above 60 mph.

The Standard Range AWD model adds a motor to the front axle giving the car an output of 235 horsepower and 446 pound-feet of torque.

Which part of the work you're in will determine what the capacity is for the Ioniq 5 Long Range models. In North America, the larger 77.4 kilowatt-hour battery will be offered. Globally, a 72.6-koliwatt-hour battery pack will be sold in Long Range models. There, it is paired with the same motor setup as in the Standard Range RWD CUV to deliver about 300 miles of range per charge on the WLTP testing cycle.

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5

Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor Group

The Long Range AWD model gets a more powerful front motor than the one offered in the similar Standard Range AWD setup allowing output to climb to 306 horsepower and 446 pound-feet of torque. It can get from zero to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds.

The Ioniq 5 employs the latest charging technology. It can be plugged in using a standard J1772 combined charging system (CCS) port that will rapidly charge at up to 350 kilowatts. At that speed, the Ioniq 5 can charge from 10 to 80 percent in 18 minutes. Plugging in for five minutes can give up to 62 miles of range. Charging times for other speeds has not yet been released.

Like the Ford F-150 Hybrid, the Ioniq offers a power source that camping equipment, electric bicycles, computers, and tailgating equipment can be plugged into. There's a separate battery for that with an output of 3.6 kilowatts - about half as strong as the F-150's most powerful option, but 70 percent more than the standard 2.1 kilowatt unit in the truck.

Unlike many hybrids and EVs on the market today, Hyundai is giving its Ioniq 5 a towing rating estimated at over 3,500 pounds.

Hyundai has given the car a movable center island that can be maneuvered forward and aft about 5.6 inches. It paired with electronically adjustable front seats that are able to recline. Front seats are not as thick as they traditionally are, allowing rear seat passengers to have more legroom.

Many of its interior touchpoints - seats, headliner, door trim, floor and armrest - use eco-friendly, sustainably sourced materials, such as recycled PET bottles, plant-based (bio PET) yarns and natural wool yarns, eco-processed leather with plant-based extracts, and bio paint with plant extracts.

Customers can choose from nine exterior colors, while the interior is offered in three color schemes.

In front of the driver is a 12-inch, customizable digital gauge cluster and an augmented reality head-up display. The car's 12-inch infotainment screen can also be customized.

One of the highlights of the Ioniq 5's body style, aside from the option for more passenger space, is the impressive cargo space. It has slightly less than a Subaru Crosstrek when the seats are upright and slightly more when the 60/40 split-folding rear seat is folded flat. At the front of the car is small trunk that can fit a charging cord and little else.

Each Ioniq is equipped with Hyundai SmartSense, the company's advanced driver assistance system (ADAS). The car will be the first Hyundai model to offer Highway Driving Assist 2. It will also have forward collodion warning, blind spot warning and assist, Intelligent Speed Limit Assist, driver attention warning, and automatic high beam headlights.

Look for the first deliveries of the Ioniq 5 to start this summer. Timing for U.S. deliveries is to-be-announced.

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Land Rover currently offers a plug-in electric variant of its Range Rover.

Photo courtesy of Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) Chief Executive Officer Thierry Bolloré has announced a new global strategy called 'Reimagine'. Under his leadership, the company is poised to transition to a sustainability-focused version of two iconic British brands.

JLR has been floating parts of the plan for months now. News coming from its headquarters in England has been promoting a focus on sustainability including word that they are working with Econyl nylon to develop high-quality interiors made from ocean and landfill waste.

Jaguar Land Rover Econyl interior The Econyl process includes recovering nylon waste and transforming it into a premium material. Photo courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover

Despite the shared focus, the Jaguar and Land Rover brands are committing to remain distinct in their design and product offerings, with different architecture.

Nameplate by nameplate, the company will work to make an all-electric version of JLR vehicles available by 2030. JLR is planning to welcome six all-electric Land Rover models in the next five years. Read more about those here.

At the same time, Jaguar will be transforming into a purely electric automaker. In a statement, the company described what is coming for Jaguar:

"...with a dramatically beautiful new portfolio of emotionally engaging designs and pioneering next-generation technologies. Jaguar will exist to make life extraordinary by creating dramatically beautiful automotive experiences that leave its customers feeling unique and rewarded. Although the nameplate may be retained, the planned Jaguar XJ replacement will not form part of the line-up, as the brand looks to realise its unique potential."

By 2030, it is anticipated that 100 percent of all Jaguar sales and 60 percent of Land Rovers sold will be equipped with zero tailpipe emissions.

The company is also striving to achieve net zero carbon emissions across its supply chain, products and operations by 2039. Nissan, Bentley, Volvo, Audi, and Ford have recently made similar statements.

JLR is also readying for hydrogen fuel cell power as it expects the hydrogen economy to expand in the coming decades. This vision is shared by Hyundai. Development of these vehicles is already underway. Test models are slated to arrive on U.K. roads in the next year.

JLR's subscription service, PIVOTAL, will be rolled out to other markets in the coming years.

The new vision is expected to require a £2.5 billion ($3.48 billion USD) annual investment from JLR that will include purchasing and developing electrification technologies, connected services, and data-centric technologies.

The company, which has been hit by slow sales and production delays as the brand has worked to reinvent itself, will work with major shareholder Tata Motors to achieve positive cash net-of-debt by 2025.

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