Thursday, April 18, 2024

BLADE and Eve partner to expand urban air mobility ecosystem in India

An India-based company, BLADE, and Brazil’s Eve Air Mobility have announced a strategic partnership, which includes a non-binding order of up to 200 electric vertical take-offs and landing VTOL vehicles, allowing it to expand its urban air mobility ecosystem in the Asian country. A joint venture between Hunch Ventures and Blade Air Mobility, BLADE India, and Eve also plan to collaborate on a three-month pilot project connecting passengers using helicopters.

All the data collected through BLADE India’s customer experience and operations will be used to further develop Eve’s eVTOL, service and support solutions, and its Urban Air Traffic Management (UATM) software. BLADE India will initially underwrite 50,000 hours of flight time per year using Eve’s eVTOL in the country.

“We are thrilled about partnering with BLADE India and pioneering the urban air mobility market in the country, which has the potential to be one of the largest markets globally. This initial order will allow us to enter into service in India and further develop the ecosystem according to the community’s needs. We look forward to offering the people of India a zero-emission UAM solution in the future that will be quiet, efficient, and accessible,” said Eve’s co-CEO André Stein.

Eve’s highly acclaimed air taxi is expected to enter into service in 2026. The specs of the aircraft are yet to be revealed. All we know for now is it is a 100% electric, quiet, zero-emission, and safe aircraft. It features a conventional wing and tail design and has eight rotors fixed around the wing. The emergence of electric aviation with eVTOL vehicles is expected to significantly reduce the carbon footprint, noise, and cost of flying, making it more accessible to the masses.