Archer and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) are going to work together to accelerate eVTOL aircraft production. The electric aircraft manufacturer from Palo Alto, CA, will benefit from the global automaker’s low-cost supply chain, advanced composite material manufacturing, and overall engineering and design experience.
The two companies have already worked together on the cockpit design of Archer’s first aircraft, which is set to be officially announced in early 2021. The fully electric eVTOL will travel over a distance of 60 miles at 150 mph. While the unveiling has yet to happen, the only available render shows an aircraft with distributed propulsion using 6 electric motors along the leading edge of a high wing and a V-tail empennage. In Archer’s master plan, they state the goal is to drive operating costs down to the price of ridesharing and have at most sound levels equivalent to those of residential neighborhoods.
Redundancy in the design means no single failure leads to a complete loss of power, and the battery packs are designed such that thermal runaway will not propagate through the pack. These elements should make the aircraft safe and certifiable. Eventually, Archer also plans to launch and operate its own airline with commercial routes in cities. High-volume production of the composite aircraft is set to start in 2023.
We’ve been hyper-focused on a customer-first approach to vehicle design and aircraft operations. Now we are working with a seasoned, industry-leading automotive partner to leverage cost benefits and experience that will allow Archer to produce thousands of aircraft reliably and affordably every single year.
– Brett Adcock, co-founder and co-CEO of Archer
We are excited to team up with one of the world’s largest automotive companies on our mission of advancing the benefits of sustainable air mobility. This is a first-of-its-kind deal for one of Detroit’s Big Three automakers in moving into the urban air mobility space. There is now a clear path for Archer to bring mass production to this industry, changing the way people travel in and around cities forever.
– Adam Goldstein, co-founder and co-CEO of Archer
Electrification within the transportation sector whether on roads or in the air is the future and with any new and rapidly developing technology, scale is important. Our partnership with Archer has mutual benefits and will enable innovative, environmentally friendly transportation solutions to be brought to market at an accelerated pace.
– Doug Ostermann, vice president and head of global business development of FCA