June 29, 2022

Eve turns to Porsche for mass production expertise

Sports car maker Porsche will help Eve bring its four-passenger eVTOL aircraft to what is expected to be a mass market for urban air mobility (UAM). Under a deal announced this week, the German group’s Porsche Consulting division will help Eve develop a supply chain for high production rates, as well as a global manufacturing and logistics strategy for the vehicle that is expected to be certified in 2025.

Eve – which, following its recent initial public offering, is still majority-owned by Embraer – is one of many eVTOL pioneers looking to the automotive industry for help. For example, Joby is backed by Japan’s Toyota and Archer Aviation is backed by the Stellantis group (formerly Fiat Chrysler).

The framework services agreement between Porsche and Eve covers studies in industrial operations, logistics, supply chain management and parts distribution. Even though Embraer has a global supply chain and product support network, Eve said it required “an unprecedented approach optimized for efficiency, productivity and safety.”

The companies will examine how production of eVTOL aircraft could be scaled up and use a distributed production network to meet projected demand in cities around the world. Embraer has previously co-marketed its Phenom 300 light jet with Porsche cars. The Porsche Design Studio has been involved in work on the interior styling of several private jets.

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