Eve Air Mobility, Embraer’s Urban Air Mobility (UAM) subsidiary, announced on November 6 three suppliers of its future electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft.
The first of these is Garmin, which will be responsible for the avionics suite. To achieve this, the company will equip the eVTOL with the G3000 avionics suite, with high-resolution touchscreen displays, which is used by several other models such as Embraer private jets.
The German company Liebherr, in turn, will develop the electromechanical actuators (EMA) for the eVTOL’s electronic flight controls (fly-by-wire). They will receive power from the aircraft’s electrical system, ensuring high performance, adaptability and ease of maintenance, the company said.
Finally, Intergalactic will be in charge of providing a thermal management system, which will guarantee an adequate temperature for equipment, such as batteries and other electronic components. The system will also be responsible for the cabin temperature.
“We are looking forward to working with each of our suppliers as we progress with our eVTOL development,” said Johann Bordais, CEO of Eve Air Mobility. “Each of our suppliers undergoes a very stringent review that evaluates not only performance and quality of their product, but also their dedication to continuous improvement and customer support and satisfaction. We are looking forward to a long-term working relationship with each of our suppliers.”
In addition to the three new suppliers, Eve had already announced during the Paris Air Show Nidec Aerospace as supplier of the electric propulsion system, BAE Systems to deliver the high capacity batteries and the French DUC Hélice Propellers, which will produce the rotors and propellers. of the aircraft.
Of the six, Nidec is the most ambitious project as it is a joint venture with Embraer itself and could in the future supply systems for other aircraft and electric vehicles.
Eve’s eVTOL is being developed at a slower pace than some projects, but the company has said it prefers to fully reach each stage rather than rushing the aircraft to market.
For this reason, the first full-scale prototype of the eVTOL will only be ready in 2024, when the inauguration flight is scheduled. The aircraft has a simpler configuration in which there are rotors dedicated to vertical flight and propellers for horizontal propulsion, which will be supported by the use of fixed wings.
In July, Eve announced its first production plant in Brazil, in a city close to Embraer’s headquarters. The eVTOL is expected to enter service in 2026.