The Chinese eVTOL developer EHang has announced new partnerships with the city of Zaragoza, Spain, and Aeroports de Catalunya to advance separate urban air mobility (UAM) initiatives.
On April 28, EHang named Zaragoza as its fourth UAM pilot city partner in Europe, following Seville and Llíria in Spain, and Linz in Austria. Under the agreement, the partners will jointly promote demonstrations of autonomous aerial vehicles (AAVs) for applications including passenger transportation, aerial tourism, and aerial logistics; and will collaborate on the development of UAM infrastructure such as a command-and-control center and vertiport.
In the future, according to a press release, EHang will conduct flight tests and pilot projects at the Hera Drone Hub and along the Ebro River in Zaragoza — providing scenic views of the city’s Cathedral-Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar, a popular pilgrimage site and tourist attraction.
On April 30, EHang announced a strategic partnership agreement with Aeroports de Catalunya, a public company of the Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia). As EHang’s airport partner in Europe, Aeroports de Catalunya will provide a suitable aeronautical environment and infrastructure as the parties collaborate on aspects of UAM including passenger transportation, aerial logistics, take-off and landing infrastructure, airspace management and regulatory certification.
According to another press release, both parties will “consider developing a test base and a show room at the Lleida-Alguaire Airport, conducting test studies related to autonomous flight technologies and airspace management and transforming Lleida-Alguaire Airport into an innovative platform for urban air mobility in Europe.”
The agreements add to EHang’s growing list of demonstration projects in Europe, which also include projects related to emergency medical services and efforts associated with the Single European Sky ATM Research Joint Undertaking (SESAR-JU). However, EHang has provided scant details on how it plans to certify its EH216 autonomous multicopters or future VT30 aircraft with the European Union Aviation Safety Agency, which would be a prerequisite for commercial operations in the region.