Embraer Names First Three Suppliers for eVTOL
Embraer has named the first three suppliers for
its electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, Eve.
Nidec Aerospace, a joint venture between Japan’s Nidec
Corporation and Embraer, will provide the electric propulsion
system, BAE Systems will provide an advanced energy storage system,
and DUC Hélice Propellers will supply the rotors and propellers
for the eVTOL.
“The announcement of the first suppliers is a key
milestone in the development of our eVTOL aircraft,” said Andre
Stein, co-CEO of Eve Air Mobility. “As we advance toward entry
into service, our goal is to make sure that we produce and deliver
a mature aircraft that not only exceeds expectations but enables
our customers to operate safely and efficiently with the lowest
cost of operation.”
During the past year, the company has been working
closely with certification authorities to define certification
requirements while also continuing to engage with customers to
understand how they will operate the aircraft and incorporate
“We are excited to have Eve as our launch customer
for Nidec Aerospace’s new electric propulsion system,” said
Michael Briggs, senior vice president and president of the Motion
& Energy Business Unit at Nidec. “With our cutting-edge
technologies, Nidec Aerospace and Eve together are well-positioned
to drive and accelerate advances in electrified urban air mobility
towards a more sustainable future.”
Eve’s eVTOL aircraft utilizes a lift+cruise
configuration with eight dedicated propellers for vertical flight
and fixed wings to fly on cruise, with no change in position of
these components during flight.
The latest concept includes an
electric pusher powered by dual electric motors that provide
propulsion redundancy while ensuring performance and safety.
While offering numerous advantages including lower cost of
operation, fewer parts, optimized structures and systems, it has
been developed to offer efficient thrust with low sound.
“We are extremely honored to have been selected by
Eve Air Mobility as the supplier of the rotors for the eight lift
motors and the cruise propeller for their production vehicle,”
said Duqueine Vincent, president and founder of DUC Hélices
Propellers. “This recognition is a testimony to experience and
expertise in the analysis, design, development, manufacture and
maintenance of carbon composite propellers, rotors, fans and other
aeronautical accessories. We are grateful to EVE for putting their
trust in us.”
Eve expects to name additional component suppliers
including flight-control systems, avionics, airframe and
power-management systems in the future.
The company plans to start
the assembly of its first full-scale eVTOL prototype during the
second half of 2023, followed by the test campaign in 2024.
eVTOL is scheduled to begin deliveries and enter service in 2026.
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