Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer has opened proceedings on the first day of the 54th International Paris Air Show with a focus on the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) and eVTOL market, via its pioneering subsidiary company Eve Air Mobility.
The steady development of this market sector is set to transform the face of European skies, and France is to be the starting point for the transformation, according to the manufacturer.
Today, Embraer announced that Eve Air Mobility is to partner with Blade Air Mobility to start the process of integrating Eve’s state-of-the-art electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOL) into Blade’s European route network.
Eve Air Mobility
Eve Air Mobility is a Brazilian subsidiary of Embraer that produces electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft and urban air mobility infrastructure. The company was founded in 2020 with the goal of accelerating the development of the UAM market.
Eve’s eVTOL is designed to be a safe, efficient, and quiet aircraft that can be used for a variety of urban mobility missions. It is capable of carrying up to four passengers and has a range of up to 100 miles.
According to Andre Stein, Co-CEO of Eve, the collaboration between the two companies demonstrates their dedication and collaboration in expanding advanced air mobility. They aim to provide innovative solutions that make travel more accessible for passengers while driving significant environmental improvements.
Blade Air Mobility
Blade Air Mobility currently uses helicopters and amphibious aircraft for its passenger routes and is also one of the largest air medical transporters of human organs for transplant in the world.
Blade is also working to transition to electric vertical aircraft (EVAs) or eVTOLs, which are quieter and emission-free.
Blade operates in over 40 cities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and India. Some of its most popular routes include New York City to the Hamptons, Los Angeles to Catalina Island, and London to Paris.
Rob Wiesenthal, CEO of Blade, emphasizes their commitment to leading the transition from conventional to electric vertical aircraft. Their shared vision for a safer, quieter, and more sustainable future in air travel is the driving force behind their collaboration.
Eve announces 3 eVTOL suppliers
Eve Air Mobility also named the first three suppliers for its eVTOL aircraft. Nidec Aerospace LLC, a joint venture between Nidec Corporation and Embraer, will provide the electric propulsion system. BAE Systems will provide an advanced energy storage system and DUC Hélice Propellers will supply the rotors and propellers for the eVTOL.
The aircraft is currently in the development phase, and Embraer says that it expects to begin commercial operations in the early 2020s.
The Eve eVTOL aircraft utilizes a “lift+cruise” configuration with eight dedicated propellers for vertical flight and fixed wings to fly on cruise, with no change in position of these components during flight.
The latest concept includes an electric pusher powered by dual electric motors that provide propulsion redundancy while ensuring high performance and safety.
While offering numerous advantages including lower cost of operation, fewer parts, optimized structures and systems, it has been developed to offer efficient thrust with a low sound footprint.
Day One Summary
Embraer is taking a proactive stance with its move into the rapidly developing Urban Air Mobility market, and Day One’s focus on this sector is perhaps a testament to that.
Its subsidiary Eve is well-positioned to be a leading player in the new market, opening a further future market potential for the Brazilian manufacturer.
Eve has a strong team of engineers and executives with experience in the aerospace and transportation industries.
Significantly, the company also has access to Embraer’s state-of-the-art manufacturing and engineering capabilities. With its focus on safety, efficiency, and UTM, Eve is well-positioned to help make UAM a reality for the Brazilian manufacturer.
Coming up for Embraer
Expect some input on Embraer’s commercial/regional commuter market tomorrow, with formal announcements planned to take place later on Day Two, Tuesday 20 June.
Check our Live Blog page for updates as they occur from Paris Air Show 2023 Le Bourget.