Eve and Thales partner to speed eVTOL development
Embraer air mobility unit Eve has announced its partnership with defense, tech, and transport giant Thales to develop the production of electric takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicles, in what may be an effort to kick off work to create a prototype craft into higher gear.
The partnership will seek to leverage the deep aeronautic experience and assets Thales has accumulated across the globe to accelerate and strengthen development of Eve eVTOL aircraft. Eve’s current schedule calls for certification in 2025 and delivery the following year. The company announced in January that it had formalized the certification process with Brazil’s civil aviation authority for planes with a planned range of up to 60 miles, and maximum cruising speed 125 mph.
Though sales deals announced last month increased Eve’s total aircraft orders to nearly 1,800, it has not yet unveiled a flesh-and-bones prototype that rivals those Joby, Archer, Wisk, Volocopter, and others have. Its…