We’ve only seen them in science fiction movies, but flying cars may soon become a reality. Archer and FCA have in fact started a collaboration for the construction of the eVTOL aircraft which will start in 2023.
The project for this vertical take-off electric car / plane will be unveiled in all its details during 2021 with FCA taking care of the design part and making its production lines available.
From the street to the air
Archer Aviation, a company from Palo Alto, California, has developed the design of the vertical take-off electric aircraft designed for the city. To have the right know-how on mobility, the company has focused on FCA, a giant in the sector with 200,000 employees worldwide and owner of numerous brands including Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep.
The collaboration with FCA will allow the American start-up to accelerate times by using the production chain, materials and engineering made available by the auto giant. In this way it will be possible to lower production costs and thus offer an aircraft with more affordable costs.
FCA is already taking care of the cockpit of the aircraft that will be presented during the year. “eVTOL” is the acronym for Electrical Vertical Take-Off and Landing “and from here you can already understand some of its characteristics. The model will be 100% electric, will have a range of about 100 km and a maximum speed of 240 km / h.
The future of mobility
Enthusiastic the top management of Archer, who aspire to become a leader in air mobility (a sector that is estimated to reach 1.5 trillion dollars by 2040): “The collaboration with an expert brand like FCA will allow us to have a lot of experience in design – the statements of Brett Adcock, co-founder and co-president of Archer -. We will produce thousands of aircraft every year “.
On the same wavelength the other co-founder and co-president Adam Goldstein: “The goal is to start mass production to permanently change city mobility”.
“The electrification of transport, whether in the air or on the road, is the future – commented FCA vice president of global development Doug Ostermann -. Thanks to Archer we will soon be able to propose new solutions with low environmental impact on the market”.
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