Embraer announced the location of the first eVTOL production line being developed by its subsidiary Eve.
The manufacturer will take advantage of its facilities in the city of Taubaté, in Brazil, to implement the assembly line. The site is close to Embraer’s headquarters in São José dos Campos and is easily accessible via highways and a rail line.
“When we began our search for a manufacturing location to build our eVTOL, we wanted to reimagine how the aircraft could be built using the latest technology and manufacturing processes, coupled with other aspects such as supply chain and logistics,” said Andre Stein, co-CEO of Eve.
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The construction of the Eve factory has the support of Porsche Consulting, which has been working in partnership with Embraer since May 2022. The German company assists the Brazilian manufacturer in defining eVTOL assembly, supply chain and production logistics strategies.
“Following extensive research on advanced manufacturing and innovation concepts for over a year, we are now prepared to establish our initial factory for eVTOL production. With confidence in our capabilities, we are equipped to efficiently scale the production volume sustainably to meet the demands of a growing market,” added Alice Altissimo, Vice President of Program Management and Operation at Eve.
Eve’s eVTOL maiden flight is scheduled for 2024, in preparation for the electric aircraft’s commercial debut the following year.
Embraer’s urban air mobility division also works on the development of the entire ecosystem to support the new mode of transport, such as traffic management systems, electric charging stations, boarding and disembarking points, among others.