The Aeole is a radical SSV / eVTOL hybrid concept which combines both air and trail (A/T) capabilities, allowing powersports riders to reach new destinations and discover unexplored territories.
Finding a way to cross a deep river or ride around a small mountain range is time consuming. The Aeole concept envisions a way in which autonomous electric drones and side by-side vehicles could be combined to offer a new type of hybrid experience.
This idea was inspired in part by a recent concept created by Imaginactive called ‘Cloudraker’. The Aeole would be much easier to create and could use existing technology like the Ehang 184 autonomous vehicle.
How It Works
The Aeole is an electric, autonomous, vertical take-off aircraft (eVTOL) that would be designed to pick up and fly a fully loaded side-by-side vehicle (SSV) for a duration of 30 minutes.
The flying Aeole module could fly by itself to the nearest solar charging station using it’s eVTOL capacity. When needed, the Aeole drone could be summoned from it’s charging point to transport a side-by–side vehicle across a specific area. The Aeole could also be fitted with two combustion engines like the Rotax 915 IS. The powered Aeole unit could be rented and charged ‘à la carte’ based on the passage required, with units stationed near points of interest.
The Aeole might be the future of 3D powersport transportation. People could own powersports vehicles (Snowmobiles, ATV, PWC, SSV, Spyder, etc.) that could be transported across ‘delicate’ or ‘hazardous’ terrain with various types of eVTOL machines like the Aeole.
You could use them to cross a lake by flying a few feet above the water or getting an air lift up a hazardous trail to a plateau, saving hours of impractical road travel, and only pay for the short ‘hop’.
The Aeole concept was imagined in June 2019 by Charles Bombardier and designed by Jorge Ciprian, an Industrial Designer from Argentina. Jorge graduated with a degree in design from the University of Buenos Aires, and he currently works as freelance designer. Jorge also created the images of Fountainhead drone parking tower and the Solorocket launch complex for Imaginactive.