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CES 2023: Stellantis announces the arrival of ‘Midnight’, its electric air taxi that will be able to make trips of 30 kilometers

CES 2023: Stellantis announces the arrival of ‘Midnight’, its electric air taxi that will be able to make trips of 30 kilometers

CES 2023: Stellantis announces the arrival of ‘Midnight’, its electric air taxi that will be able to make trips of 30 kilometers

The global car manufacturer stellantis will produce electric “air taxis” developed by US aviation company Archer, the firm announced Wednesday at the technology fair Consumer Electronics Show (CES) from Las Vegas.

Stellantis will also invest up to $150 million in Archer’s vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, designed to carry four passengers plus the pilot, the company said in a press release.

Dubbed “Midnight”, the aircraft resembles a small plane with several rotors on its wings and is designed to make trips of about 30 kilometers with a recharging time of 10 minutes between each trip.

Archer envisions an era of shared air travel, an “Uber or Lyft from the skies,” his vice president, Louise Bristow, told AFP last year.

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Both groups had already partnered in 2021, but on a more limited scale, for Stellantis to provide technical support and access to their supply chain.

This time around, Stellantis is expected to make Archer’s aircraft exclusively at its plant in Covington, Georgia, in the eastern United States.

The partnership allows Archer to accelerate production of the aircraft, which is expected to start in 2024. The firm also expects savings of “hundreds of millions of dollars in spending” for the increase in production thanks to the experience of Stellantis.

Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares said in the statement that he is “continually impressed” by Archer’s “wit” and his “unwavering commitment to fulfill”.

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The deepening of the partnership between the two companies “demonstrates how Stellantis is pushing the boundaries to deliver sustainable mobility freedom, from the road to the sky,” he continued.

The movement “puts Archer in a strong position to be first to market”, stressed Adam Goldstein, founder and CEO of Archer, in the statement.

Our two companies are taking these important steps together to seize a once-in-a-generation opportunity to redefine urban transportation.”, he added.

Archer has already received an advance order from United Airlines for 200 aircraft.

Source: Elcomercio

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