The Brazilian subsidiary of manufacturer Embraer, Eve, unveiled its first full-sized eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing vehicle) cabin mock-up at the 2022 Farnborough International Airshow today. 

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Eve was founded in October 2020 off the back of Embraer’s innovative division, EmbraerX. Today, at the Farnborough International Airshow, the company showcased the mock-up of its eVTOL’s cabin in person at Embraer’s ‘Fly the Future’ exhibition. 

Throughout the duration of the event, visitors will be able to view the cabin mockup for themselves and explore external features of Eve’s eVTOL

And, most significantly, Eve also revealed a redesign that involves a more conventional wing and tail as opposed to a previous canard configuration due to ongoing product development. 

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Eve eVTOL at the Farnborough Airshow. Changes have been made to its configuration. | © Eve

Flavia Ciaccia, Vice President of User Experience of Eve, commented on the reveal of the mock-up:

“This mock-up brilliantly materialises the cabin concept we have been co-creating with potential users for years. We recently received feedback from our advisory board, and now we will be able to show it to other stakeholders here at Farnborough Airshow. Our solutions were designed considering essential market needs, such as accessibility, safety, sustainability, and ticket price. It is always exciting when we achieve this stage of the program.”

Eve’s eVTOL will feature eight vertical lift rotors and a pair of pusher propellers. The aircraft can operate on routes of up to 60 miles on a full battery and can run at a cruise speed of 125 mph. Most of the flights operated by the Eve eVTOL will not last longer than 30 minutes. 

The company expects to start offering low-cost commercial services in 2026 and holds provisional sales agreements for the delivery of 1,910 aircraft. 

Andre Stein, co-CEO of Eve, commented on how hard the company has been working to emerge at the forefront of the eVTOL market:

“Our teams have been working hard to create the best solutions for the global urban air mobility environment, and our aviation experience through Embraer not only gives us confidence that we are on the right path but also puts us at the forefront of the market. We’ve been accelerating our resources engagement and evolving the project’s maturity.”

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Eve co-CEO Andre Stein sat inside the eVTOL cabin mock-up. | © Eve

Working hard

As Stein said, all teams across Eve have been working hard to position the company at the forefront of the market. With that said, here are the company’s latest achievements.

This June, Eve held its first advisory board meeting in Lisbon, Portugal. The meeting involved the gathering of useful feedback and dialogue among customers and partners about several aspects of the urban air mobility market. Over 20 participants from over 10 countries gathered to discuss ways in which to build the urban air mobility market across the globe.

In the same month, the company signed a Letter of Intent with Kenya Airways’ subsidiary Fahari Aviation for up to 40 eVTOL vehicles. Deliveries are expected to start in 2026.

Allan Kilavuka, Group Managing Director and CEO of Kenya Airways commented on the partnership between Eve and Fahari Aviation:

“Urban air mobility is the future of transport and we are honoured to be the champions of this in the region. The journey to realise the dream of eVTOL vehicles in Kenya is on course, and the partnership with Eve is a key achievement for us as part of the strategy to adopt new technologies as a growth strategy for the sustainable development of Africa.”

Expect to hear more from Embraer’s Eve in the coming months and years. 

What do you make of the eVTOL cabin mock-ups? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below. 

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