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SkyDrive and KEPCO take lead on charging for Expo 2025
SkyDrive and Kansai Electric Power Company collaborate on eVTOL charging facilities for Expo 2025 in Osaka, Kansai, and with a view to entering the charging infrastructure business.

SkyDrive has jointly developed electric charging facilities for eVTOLs with Japan-based utility Kansai Electric Power Company (KEPCO). They will install and operate the electric charging facilities in Osaka, Kansai in readiness for the World Expo 2025.

With the aim of 'taking the lead in the once-in-a-century mobility revolution', SkyDrive is developing an affordable access eVTOL aircraft for daily mass-transportation. It has been selected to participate in the advanced air mobility Smart Mobility Expo project at Expo 2025 where it will fly its SkyDrive SD-05 eVTOL aircraft as an air taxi service.

KEPCO is developing charging facilities for eVTOLs and studying support for the installation of electric power infrastructure at eVTOL vertiports.

In 2022, SkyDrive entered into a capital and business alliance agreement with KEPCO and led the joint research and development of advanced charging facilities needed for the practical implementation of eVTOL into daily society. These facilities enable rapid charging with high current and voltage, minimising turnaround times and ensuring seamless, profitable operations. In addition, the design allows for easy scalability, paving the way for expanded global applications.

The first charging facilities will be installed at SkyDrive's flight test facility by the year end to support its flight test programme. Subsequently, another facility will be established at the eVTOL vertiport on Yumeshima Island for the Expo 2025.

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