Eve Air Mobility, a subsidiary of Embraer focused on air mobility, has announced BAE Systems, DUC Hélice Propellers, and Nidec Aerospace LLC as its first three suppliers for the electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft.
BAE Systems will provide the energy storage system. The company has over 25 years of experience in supplying electric power and propulsion for buses and other heavy vehicles.
DUC Hélice Propellers will be responsible for manufacturing the rotors for the eight lift motors and the cruise propeller. The France-based company specializes in analysis, design, development, manufacturing, and maintenance of carbon composite propellers, rotors, fans, and other aeronautical accessories.
Nidec Aerospace LLC, a joint venture between Japan’s Nidec Corporation and Embraer, launched on Saturday (17th). The company will develop the electric propulsion system for Eve’s eVTOL. Nidec Corporation is a global leader in manufacturing various types of motors.
Eve expects to soon announce additional suppliers for components, including flight control systems, avionics, airframe, and energy management systems. The company plans to commence assembly of the first eVTOL prototype during the second half of 2023, followed by a testing campaign in 2024. The first deliveries and the aircraft’s entry into service are scheduled for 2026.
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