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China's eVTOL Revolution: A Thrilling Leap in Urban Air Mobility

China's EV Leadership Extends to eVTOL
By Josefina Dipaolo
August 7, 2023

China is not only leading the electric car and bus markets, but it's now soaring ahead in the eVTOL industry too. eVTOL, short for Electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing, is reshaping Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) and Urban Air Mobility (UAM), promising faster, safer, and eco-friendly low-altitude air travel.

In a groundbreaking move, AutoFlight and the Bao'an district government are joining forces to create a marketing center and research institute in Shenzhen's vibrant urban landscape. This partnership aims to unlock the full potential of eVTOL air services across the Greater Bay Area, encompassing Hong Kong, Macao, Zhuhai, and Guangzhou.

Imagine slashing a 50-mile journey between Shenzhen and Zhuhai to a mere 15 minutes aboard an eVTOL aircraft from Fengfei Airlines. The dream of an efficient and sustainable taxi service at low altitudes is becoming a reality.

This ambitious venture, spearheaded by EHangAutoFlight, and Lilium, highlights the Chinese authorities' commitment to fostering the UAV industry's growth. With approximately 15,000 UAV companies in China and over 700,000 registered individual UAV owners, eVTOLs are gaining significant traction.

The Bao'an district is shaping a "low-altitude economic industry" with grand plans for ground infrastructure, including over 100 vertiports and more than 50 UAV routes by 2025. Their visionary approach also includes facilitating 300,000 cargo drone commercial flights annually.

AutoFlight's fully sustainable and silent electric aircraft is the perfect fit for urban operations and mass transport of the future. Excitingly, they are set to participate in the Paris Olympics next year, showcasing the true potential of eVTOL technology.

China's embrace of eVTOL is ushering in a new era of aerial innovation, propelling the nation towards greater connectivity, economic growth, and sustainable urban mobility.

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