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Eve Air Mobility Taps KAI for eVTOL Pylon Production

Our Bureau - : Apr 17, 2024 - : 1:39 am

Eve Air Mobility (Eve) has designated Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd. (KAI) as the supplier for the pylons of its electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (eVTOL) on Monday (Apr. 14). Intended for installation on both prototype and production models of the company’s eVTOL aircraft, these pylons serve a vital function in supporting the aircraft’s electric power units and eight lift propellers.

“KAI has an excellent reputation for quality, technology and business performance supplying numerous aerostructure components for a variety of aircraft including Embraer’s E-Jet E2 model,” said Johann Bordais, CEO of Eve. “We are excited to have KAI join a strong and diverse list of suppliers who will work with us to supply components from prototype through production.”

This agreement signifies KAI’s formal entry into the advanced air mobility (AAM) market, aligning with its strategic vision for the future. KAI CEO Goo Young Kang previously designated space and future air mobility as the company’s core future businesses through its 2050 vision declaration. The company has recently announced significant investments in production infrastructure to expand its market share in the rapidly growing AAM market.

Eve’s eVTOL aircraft utilises a lift+cruise configuration with eight dedicated propellers for vertical flight and fixed wings for cruising, with no change in the position of these components during flight. The latest concept includes an electric pusher powered by dual electric motors to provide propulsion redundancy, ensuring optimal performance and safety.

Scheduled to enter service in 2026, Eve’s eVTOL is projected to offer lower operational costs, fewer parts, and optimised structures, and systems, along with efficient thrust and reduced noise levels.


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