Joby pushes eVTOL air taxi launch date back to 2025
Joby, a leading developer of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft for air taxis and other services, has said it is pushing plans to launch commercial transportation services back a year to 2025, citing internal considerations and shifts in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification criteria.
The decision marks a rare setback for the California-based eVTOL manufacturer and puts Joby at risk of beginning air taxi operations after rivals that plan to initiate services in 2024 – including German company Volocopter. The decision was noted in a quarterly letter to shareholders, touting the highlights of Q3 2022, and during comments to investors and analysts by Joby CEO JoeBen during a Wednesday earnings call.
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One of the main factors given for the delay was the decision last March by the FAA to tweak the way it will certify eVTOL air taxis like those Joby…