Embraer has entered into three partnerships to offer its air taxi model and urban mobility solutions to three companies: Halo, which operates in the US and the UK; Ascent, which operates in the Southeast Asian market; and Helisul, which offers charter flight services throughout Latin America. The agreement was made through startup Eve Urban Air Mobility Solutions – the arm of the Brazilian aeronautics company that develops the electric-powered take-off and landing vehicle.
Halo will use air taxis from Brazil in the US and UK
Eve, which is headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, is the first company created by Embraer from the EmbraerX project – an incubator that accelerates technology companies in urban air mobility (UAM, in English). The agreements provide for the delivery of 250 eVTOLs (electric take-off and vertical landing vehicles) by 2026 — 200 for Halo and 50 for Helisul; the partnership with Ascent does not involve the delivery of units.
According to Embraer, the order placed by Halo is one of the biggest deals in the history of the air taxi market. The company, however, did not provide the contract value.
According to Halo, Embraer aircraft will be used to transport passengers in the US and the UK. The company operates in London and the central British region, in addition to operating in cities such as New York and Philadelphia.
Eve leads a UK consortium to address operational issues, looking to implement eVTOL transport in London. The agreement with Halo allows the creation of one of the first operators in the country of urban air mobility solutions, which should support the creation of rules for the British market.
Eve and Helisul should foster market in Brazil
In its partnership with the Brazilian Helisul, Embraer’s urban mobility startup committed to delivering 50 aircraft. In addition, companies must collaborate together in the development of the ecosystem in Brazil.
According to André Stein, president and CEO of Eve Urban Air Mobility, the infrastructure of the air taxi market in Brazil is large, and the partnership with Helisul aims to expand it even further. “Our team will provide comprehensive services, including urban air traffic management solutions, and will benefit from the unique knowledge that Helisul has in this market,” said the executive in a press release.
In addition to the contracts with Helisul and Halo, Embraer, also through Eve, announced on Sunday (13) a partnership with Ascent, which is headquartered in Singapore. The Asian company is one of the first on the continent to develop UAM solutions through the use of software, which is vital for the Brazilian aeronautics company to enter Asia.
Embraer wants to enter the Asian eVTOL market
The collaboration does not involve the delivery of any eVTOL models, but Eve wants to help Ascent promote air taxis in Southeast Asia. Embraer’s startup wants to integrate its vehicle into the Asian company’s charter flight platform.
In addition to carrying passengers, Eve plans to provide cargo mobility and aeromedical service. Ascent operates in the Philippines and Thailand, but plans, according to a release, to expand its operations. This is what Lionel Sinai-Sinelnikoff, president of the company, signals in a note to journalists:
“Partnering with Eve represents a huge leap for Ascent to achieve our ambition to democratize sustainable urban air mobility. Joining forces with Eve, and the active support of the Embraer Group, will allow us to accelerate our development in a more impactful way, ensure our entry into the all-electric aircraft market, and offer security and reliability for mass operations, thanks to integration of urban air traffic management”.
Air taxi race mobilizes Uber and Google
The race to inaugurate the world’s first flying car is a dispute that involves major technology and transportation companies, such as Uber, Google, Toyota and AirBus; all have eVTOL projects that should be presented within the next few years. Toyota’s project has its first flight right at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics.
Eve Urban Air Mobility was created in October 2020 after spending years incubating on the EmbraerX accelerator. The date coincided with the delivery of the first scale model of eVTOL – a concept project that was presented by Embraer in 2018. The company released the first images of the flying taxi in March.
The vehicle is expected to have room for four occupants and the ability to fly up to 100 kilometers. It will be 80% quieter and 50% more economical than modern helicopters. Embraer did not reveal the values of the agreements with Halo, Helisul or Ascent.
With information: Embraer, (2), (3) and FAPESP