AviationSydney Seaplanes orders 50 eVtols from Embraer’s Eve to begin zero-emission tourism experiences.

All-electric urban air taxis offer a zero-carbon way to explore Sydney

Eco-friendly electric "air taxis" by Embraer join Sydney Seaplanes fleet.
Eco-friendly electric "air taxis" by Embraer join Sydney Seaplanes fleet. Photo Credit: Embraer

Air taxis may soon be a permanent feature at Sydney Harbour, thanks to a deal inked between Australian commuter airline, Sydney Seaplanes and Embraer’s urban air mobility (UAM) unit, Eve.

The deal will see progressive delivery of 50 electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft to Sydney Seaplanes that will commence from 2026.

CEO of Sydney Seaplanes, Aaron Shaw, says the company expects to operate the eVTOLs from its Rose Bay aviation terminal in Sydney Harbour.

Sydney needs a post-Covid lift and what better way to do that than by developing high-tech and zero-carbon jobs that support transport, tourism and the vibrancy of this wonderful city. Eve’s eVTOL technology will integrate seamlessly with our electric amphibious fleet to deliver a range of tourism and commuter journeys,” said Shaw.

Eve’s EVTOLs look similar to a helicopter and is designed with eight vertical lift propellers, two pusher propellers, and room for four passengers plus a pilot. They are not just emission-free but also low noise, and will contribute significantly towards Sydney’s goals for sustainable tourism and commuter flights.

Andre Stein, president & CEO of Eve Urban Air Mobility says the company will also contribute to air traffic management, safety standards, training, and another suite of services for its aircraft. “We are pleased to support Sydney Seaplanes as they seek to bring new mobility solutions to Sydney,” he added.

Sydney Seaplanes operates a mixed fleet of amphibious aircraft, comprising Cessna Caravans, as well as de Havilland DHC-2 Beavers. Last year, it announced plans to develop an all-electric and zero-emissions regional airline, Alt Air. To start as soon as 2022, the company hopes to have its first all-electric flights as early as 2024.

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