Archer Aviation has begun construction on its high-volume eVTOL manufacturing facility project in Covington, GA.
The planned approximately 350,000 square-foot facility is strategically located adjacent to the Covington Municipal Airport and will be capable of producing up to 650 electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft per year.
This type of high-volume manufacturing facility is believed to be a first for the eVTOL industry. The Covington facility will be capable of being further expanded by an additional 800,000 square feet, which is estimated to support long-term production targets of up to 2,300 aircraft per year.
Collaboration with Stellantis
The news of the commencement of construction comes on the heels of Archer’s announcement in January of an expanded relationship with Stellantis, one of the world’s leading automakers and owner of brands like Jeep®, Ram and Maserati.
Under this collaboration, the two companies will join forces to manufacture the company’s production aircraft, Midnight.
This unique partnership will leverage each company’s respective strengths and competencies to bring the Midnight aircraft to market.
Archer brings its world-class team of eVTOL, electric powertrain and certification experts while Stellantis will contribute advanced manufacturing technology and expertise, experienced personnel and capital to the partnership.
This combination is intended to enable the rapid scaling of aircraft production to meet Archer’s commercialization plans, while allowing Archer to strengthen its path to commercialization by helping it avoid hundreds of millions of dollars of spending during the manufacturing ramp up phase.
The goal is for Stellantis to take on the mass production of Archer’s eVTOL aircraft as its exclusive contract manufacturer.
“We are thrilled to be taking this next important step as we work closely with Stellantis to ramp up our high-volume manufacturing capabilities at this new facility in Covington, GA” said Adam Goldstein, Archer’s Founder and CEO.
“The key to unlocking the promise of what the eVTOL aircraft industry can bring is scale, and we are thrilled by the support the State of Georgia and Newton County are providing to this first of its kind facility in such an exciting new industry.”
To mark this milestone, Archer plans to hold a ceremonial event in April in Covington, GA.
About Archer Aviation
Archer Aviation is an American startup company that is developing electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft for urban air mobility.
The company’s team is based in Santa Clara, CA.
The company was founded in 2018 by Brett Adcock and Adam Goldstein, both of whom have experience in the technology and transportation industries.
Archer’s eVTOL aircraft are designed to be an environmentally friendly and efficient mode of transportation, capable of vertical takeoff and landing, as well as horizontal flight.
The company’s vision is to create a new form of urban transportation that is faster, safer, and more sustainable than traditional ground-based methods.
Archer plans to begin commercial operations of its eVTOL aircraft in 2024, starting with routes between urban centers and airports.