On its way to being listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), Eve, Embraer’s urban air mobility company, started the process to obtain a type certificate for its electric vertical take-off and landing vehicle (eVTOL), or “flying car”, with the National Agency of Civil Aviation (ANAC).
This certification will confirm that the new aircraft model, which will be produced on a large scale, meets the legal criteria for airworthiness. Eve expects to certify its eVTOL in 2025 and put it into commercial operation in 2026.
According to the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer, with the initiative, Eve formalized with the regulatory body the commitment “to demonstrate compliance with international technical standards and mandatory airworthiness requirements for certification”.
The eVTOL will follow the process of obtaining the type certificate in the “normal category”. “Eve, with the support of ANAC, will continue the interactions with the main foreign aeronautical authorities, soon formalizing the type certificate validation process in accordance with its global business strategy”, it informed.
In a statement, ANAC´s Airworthiness superintendent, Roberto Honorato, stated that this is a relevant step. “The process aims to achieve the best security standards, in order to allow eVTOL access to the global market,” he said, adding that there is still a lot to be done from a regulatory point of view in relation to the new technology and to the urban air mobility ecosystem.
According to Eve’s head of technology, Luiz Felipe R. Valentini, the formalization of the certification process continues the discussions already underway with ANAC.
“In addition to demonstrating Eve’s commitment to the development of the project, it allows institutions to evolve together in defining the requirements and means of compliance applicable to certification,” he explained.
Eve’s “flying car” aims to offer comfortable transport, with low noise and zero carbon emissions. Initially, it will be manned and will have capacity for four passengers. With 17 announced partnerships and 1,735 aircraft on the order backlog, valued at $5.2 billion, Eve projects revenue of $4.5 billion in 2030 and a market share of 15%.
The merger between Eve, a startup that was incubated at EmbraerX and launched as an independent company in October 2020, with Zanite Acquisition, was announced in December. The transaction values Eve at $2.4 billion and is expected to be closed in the second quarter. Zanite is already listed on Nyse.
Source: Valor International