Air taxi company Eve, the Embraer-backed electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) developer, unveiled a new vehicle configuration as well as the interior of the craft at the Farnborough Airshow.
The Melbourne, Florida-based company, which now has letters of intent for 1,910 of its aircraft, has redesigned the type to have a conventional wing and tailplane. In past design concepts it had a canard and a wing. The new design still features eight rotors, providing vertical takeoff and landing capability as well as a smooth flight experience.
“Our teams have worked hard to create the best solutions for the global urban air mobility environment, and our aviation experience…not only gives us confidence that we are on the right path, but sets us also at the forefront of the market,” Eve said co-chief executive Andre Stein on July 17.
The interior mockup shows a single pilot seat up front, with four passenger seats – two forward-facing and two aft-facing. According to the company, Eve will have a range of 54 nm (100 km).
The company, which went public earlier this year, now expects the plane to be in service by 2026.
Through its public offering, Eve secured $357 million in equity, including $185 million from Embraer and $147 million from a consortium of investors including BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, Thales and the U.S. regional airlines Republic Airways and SkyWest, the company said.