Embraer X, an Embraer organization dedicated to the development of innovative activities, revealed its first electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft concept. The launch was made at the event Uber Elevate 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Embraer X is engaged in several projects, including the development of eVTOL concepts through a cooperative effort with Uber and other companies to explore business opportunities within the Uber Elevate ecosystem.

« We have excelled in our nearly 50 year journey by introducing innovations into the aviation industry and by delivering real added value to customers », said Paulo Cesar de Souza e Silva, President of Embraer, during the presentation before adding: « We are relentless in our quest for constant growth and, thanks to Embraer X, we will stimulate innovation and accelerate the creation of new companies with the potential for exponential growth. Urban mobility is ripe for transformation and we are committed to playing a major role in this key market. »

The eVTOL concept presented at Uber Elevate 2018 represents an aircraft with the mission to transport passengers in an urban environment, based on the main design drivers of safety, passenger experience, affordability and a very low footprint, both in terms of noise and emissions.

« We are developing solutions to bring on-demand air transportation to urban areas to improve the quality of life for millions of people. Our collaboration with key stakeholders will accelerate the arrival of this new ecosystem », said Antonio Campello, Director of the subsidiary Embraer X, before adding that eVTOL « is just one example of the way Embraer X is committed to exploring a range of products and innovative services which could revolutionize the market of air transportation ».