By Staff Correspondent
Reports have highlighted that India is slated to receive 200 electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles (eVTOLs) to ease the growing road traffic. Earlier this week, Eve Holding, a Brazil-based aerospace company controls, officially announced a strategic partnership with Blade India; This includes a non-binding order for 200 eVTOLS. Based on the Information in the public domain, Blade India is a joint venture between Blade Air Mobility and Hunch Ventures.
Analysts believe that the emergence of electric vehicles will help make travel more accessible to the masses, help reduce carbon footprint, reduce noise pollution, and lower the cost of flying.
Blade India and Embraer have agreed to collaborate with Eve on a three-month pilot project. As part of the broader strategic partnership between the two companies, Embraer and Blade India will connect passengers using helicopters.
The purchase order that has been signed is for 200 of Eve’s eVTOL and initially underwriting 50,000 hours of flight time per year in the region, says an official statement from Embraer. And these will arrive in India by 2026.
To start under a pilot project from a major city, eVTOLs will help in intra-city helicopter flights. Inorder to develop the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) ecosystem BLADE, India will act as Eve’s on-ground knowledge partner and the data which is collected through the Indian company’s operations and experience will eventually be used to further develop the Brazilian firm’s eVTOL, support and service solutions, and its UATM software.
Explaining that the Indian traffic congestion woes are expected to get worse, Amit Dutta, Managing Director, Blade India, noted that the partnership will help in leveraging Eve’s deep expertise, not only in design but also in the infrastructure that is required to support UAM.