Archer Aviation introduces electric vertical Takeoff/Landing air taxi

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Archer Aviation introduces electric vertical Takeoff/Landing air taxi

The news surrounding passenger eVTOL aircraft, or electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, has escalated rapidly in the last six months. However, Archer Aviation's newly unveiled Midnight model could be the first of all-electric planes we've seen so far that will officially be able to take to the skies by 2024.

The company doesn't promise autonomous flights to a city near you, nor do they promise that their plane will take you around the world. Archer Midnight is primarily an electric plane designed for fast travel in congested cities.

Adam Goldstein, Archer Aviation Founder and CEO said,

“From day one Archer’s strategy has always been about finding the most efficient path to commercializing eVTOL aircraft. We believe our strategy and team's ability to execute on it has allowed us to establish our leadership position in the market, and is why we are confident we will be the first company to certify an eVTOL aircraft in the US with the FAA”.

The new 12-propeller aircraft is being prepared for certification in late 2024. The commercial launch of 250 aircraft is planned for 2025 as part of the brand's so-called urban air mobility network. Archer, along with several other eVTOL startups, including Eve and Joby, aims to reduce city congestion by driving through the sky every day.

Using zero-emission models that resemble drones, these start-ups use technology that allows compact aircraft to take off and land in tight spaces in the city and provide door-to-door transportation, avoiding traffic congestion on the ground.

It is designed to accommodate a pilot and four passengers and is completely battery-powered, with a payload of over 450 kg. The Midnight is designed for back-to-back trips of 20 miles, punctuated by 10-minute charging sessions.

And while competition is expected to be fierce for the hearts and pockets of air travelers, Archer seems to have the upper hand in this valiant battle for green transportation. The company is set to unveil a $118 million factory near Atlanta and plans to build 250 of the sleek Midnight planes by 2025. It won't be long before we see if its ambitions are justified after all.