Sunday, June 16, 2024

EHang to introduce autonomous aerial vehicle in Thailand for UAM

EHang has partnered with Charoen Pokphand Group, one of the largest conglomerates in Thailand, with an intent to establish a joint venture in Thailand for autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) sales and urban air mobility (UAM) operations.

The Thailand-based company operates across multiple industries, from agriculture to e-commerce and more. Its goal is to use EHang’s autonomous and sustainable air mobility technology and solutions to facilitate the development of a UAM ecosystem and smart cities in Thailand.

Charoen Pokphand plans to eventually use EHang AAVs in various scenarios, such as aerial sightseeing, cargo transportation, last-mile delivery, city air taxi, smart city management, etc. in Thailand and beyond.

EHang closed several deals in different regions over the past year. Recently, a Malaysian company Aerotree has, placed the largest pre-order for 60 passenger-grade eVTOL aircraft that comprises 50 EH216 series eVTOLs and 10 longer-range VT-30 variants.

EHang’s 216 is a short-range, two-seater AAV that uses 16 electric rotors and can move along a predetermined route at a cruise speed of about 130 km/h (81 mph). The aircraft is capable of carrying payloads (cargo or passengers) of up to 260kg. It can reach a maximum speed of 160 km/h (99 mph) and fly for a range of 30-40 km (16-22 miles).

Its VT-30 is described as a long-range AAV designed for inter-city transportation. The two-passenger aircraft is equipped with eight propellers on both sides and has a propelling propeller at the rear designed to achieve a maximum balance of hybrid lift and push. It can fly up to 300 km (180 miles) on a single battery charge.