Embraer´s Eve Urban Air Mobility Solutions has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Brazilian operation of EDP, a multinational energy leader, to collaborate on Urban Air Mobility (UAM).
The companies will cooperate on the research of operational models for charging infrastructure solutions needed for electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft to begin operations.
Some of the subjects covered in the collaborative research will be the evolution of battery technology and charging systems, management of charging points, and payment systems. Together, the companies will evaluate the development of a viable UAM energy infrastructure following the analysis results.
“Innovation is part of the EDP pillars and is a topic that gets our constant attention. We believe that a low-carbon future necessarily involves developing electric mobility, be it by land or air,” said Andrea Salinas, Director of Innovation and Ventures at EDP in Brazil. ” That’s why we signed this memorandum with Eve to study possible ways of participating and contributing to this visionary future of eVTOLs. Our business is ideally suited for this UAM future with our energy solutions and charging Infrastructure.”
“Our collaboration with EDP is an important building block for Eve as we work to bring our zero-emission eVTOL to market,” said Andre Stein, President & CEO of Eve. “Energy analysis and infrastructure solutions are incredibly important in contributing to carbon reduction and ensuring we are meeting industry goals. For us at Eve, this is the next step in preparing the UAM ecosystem for the future of urban flight.
EDP has a global commitment to electrify 100% of its fleet by 2030 and develop new products and commercial solutions to promote decarbonization. It has more than 1,500 electric stations worldwide.
The solutions to be studied by the companies include the technology and equipment for charging eVTOLs at vertiports, requirements, and availability of energy, infrastructure at charging stations, cargo management, and business models, energy management and supply, operation logistics, and integration with the flight management and control system.
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