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EHang plans eVTOL sightseeing flights in Guangzhou

The autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) developer EHang has announced plans to launch a sightseeing route in its home city of Guangzhou, China, using EHang 216 eVTOL aircraft.

EHang 216 eVTOL Guangzhou
EHang 216 eVTOL aircraft in a Nov. 30 demonstration flight. EHang plans to launch a passenger-carrying sightseeing route in Guangzhou. EHang Photo

EHang will be partnering with property developer Guangzhou Heli Chuangxin Real Estate Co. to launch and operate what it describes as “the world’s first commercial in-city sightseeing UAM [urban air mobility] route.” The companies announced their collaboration on Nov. 30 at the opening ceremony for Heli Tiande Center in Guangzhou, where two EHang 216s performed simultaneous flight displays.

“Today’s demo flights mark another key step forward in Guangzhou’s journey to making urban air mobility a reality and lead global efforts in such commercial operations,” stated Hu Huazhi, EHang’s founder, chairman, and CEO. “We are thrilled to be working together with our partners to enable safe, autonomous, and eco-friendly urban air travel as soon as possible.” 

The announcement follows EHang’s declaration in August this year that it had selected Guangzhou as its first urban air mobility pilot city. At the time, EHang said it would work with the city to establish the basic infrastructure necessary to support urban air mobility, and to design associated safety rules and market entry thresholds.

EHang also recently filed for a US$100 million initial public offering (IPO) on Nasdaq, noting a “primary focus” on its home country of China, which it said could be “the world’s largest AAV market in the foreseeable future.”

However, the IPO filing also cautioned investors that “in China, the United States, and other jurisdictions, the commercial use of passenger-grade AAVs, and in some cases non-passenger grade AAVs, is subject to an uncertain or lengthy approval process.”

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  1. I don’t think most people outside of us here understand the importance of what eHang is doing. It’s history in the making. I just got back from Guangzhou and the company is red hot ready to start daily shuttles across the Pearl River. It’s a world-first with Harbour Air’s maiden eCTOL flight yesterday.

    What exciting times we are living. And to think that 5 years ago I was wondering when we’d see electricity in the air!

    1. Buongiorno Nicolas, sono già possessore di tre auto elettriche e pilota di aereo, sarebbe possibile entrare in contatto coi responsabili per averne uno in Italia, appena possibile, o provarlo e/o commercializzarlo poi. Ci credo.. su pieffe-studio. com, per contatti.
      grazie, cordialità

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