Brazilian plane maker Embraer to open a Sao Paulo factory for electric air taxis, eyeing a 2026 launch with 3,000 orders already placed.
Brazilian aerospace company Embraer announced plans on Monday to construct a new manufacturing facility near Sao Paulo, Brazil, set to produce electric air taxis, aiming for airborne operation by 2026.
According to BBC News, Embraer's subsidiary, Eve, will be responsible for crafting these electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. These vehicles, akin to compact helicopters, will accommodate up to six passengers.
With nearly 3,000 orders already in the pipeline, Eve plans to have a prototype ready within this year. The eVTOL aircraft will likely be approved for flight in the United States by 2025, according to recent U.S. regulatory timelines.
Embraer hopes these cost-effective, drone-like vehicles could mitigate traffic congestion in bustling cities, with initial uses focused on taxi fleets. A subsequent rollout of self-piloted models is also part of Eve's strategy.
The factory will be erected in Taubate, approximately 140km from Sao Paulo, the economic heartbeat of Brazil. Trips are anticipated to range between $50-$100 per passenger, making for an affordable, eco-friendly commuting alternative.
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