The autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) developer EHang has released a video of its EHang 216 eVTOL aircraft performing a passenger-carrying demonstration flight during the 2019 China-Northeast Asia Expo, held from Aug. 23-27 in Changchun.
“When I flew up with EHang 216, my nervousness just went away because the aircraft was safe, stable, and comfortable,” an unidentified female passenger states in the subtitled video. “When I was looking down from the aircraft, the view was really stunning.”
EHang said its battery-powered 216 model — which can carry up to 220 kilograms (485 pounds) and fly at speeds of up to 130 kilometers per hour (80 miles per hour) — has already completed similar public demonstration flights in several other Chinese cities, including at EHang’s headquarters in Guangzhou, Lianyungang and Luzhi in Jiangsu province, Taizhou in Zhejiang province, Yantai in Shandong province, and Shenyang in Liaoning province. EHang’s AAVs have also performed multiple passenger-carrying autonomous flight demonstrations in Austria, the Netherlands, and Qatar, the company noted.
“We are very excited that our AAVs are visiting more cities and being accepted and celebrated by local communities,” stated Hu Huazhi, EHang’s founder, chairman, and CEO, in a press release. “This is a critical step towards making our dream reality and to make urban air mobility broadly available and affordable as a safe, fast, and eco-friendly transportation alternative.”
EHang recently announced that it has selected Guangzhou as its first pilot city for the creation of a low-altitude aviation transportation network, to include both commercial passenger-carrying and air cargo operations.