November 15, 2023 By Helicopters Staff
Eve Air Mobility and Hunch Mobility, a joint venture between Hunch Ventures and Blade Air Mobility, formed a partnership with the goal of bringing the first electric commuter flights to Bangalore, India. The two company aim to make Bangalore the launch city for urban air mobility flights utilizing electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. Their primary goal is to ensure the appropriate infrastructure is in place to introduce eVTOL aircraft flights.
“This launch city announcement is the next step in a great relationship that Hunch Mobility and Eve have built to co-create the urban air mobility ecosystem in India,” said Johann Bordais, CEO of Eve Air Mobility. “India is an incredibly important market for urban air mobility and our goal is to work with Hunch Mobility to provide residents with an additional efficient and affordable mode of transportation to ease commuting times in one of the most heavily populated cities in the world.”
Bangalore, located in Karnataka state of India, is one of the most populated cities in the world with an estimated population of more than 13 million people.
Eve explains its eVTOL aircraft will offer Hunch Mobility’s customers with a quick, economical way to avoid traffic congestion in one of the world’s most dense urban environments. Eve’s eVTOL is 100 per cent electric and has a range of 100 kilometres (60 miles) allowing it to complete a variety of urban air mobility missions in Bangalore.
Eve’s aircraft features a lift + cruise configuration with dedicated rotors for vertical flight and fixed wings to fly on cruise, with no components required to change position during flight. Eve notes the aircraft will be piloted at launch but evolving towards uncrewed operations in the future. Eve’s eVTOL is scheduled to enter into service in 2026.
Eve previously reached a letter-of-intent (LOI) agreement with Hunch Mobility for the latter to purchase 200 eVTOLs, services and the company’s Urban ATM (Air Traffic Management) solution. As part of the LOI announcement, Eve and Hunch embarked on a three-month-long pilot project, conducting intra-city helicopter flights in Bangalore. The objective was to collect data on operations and customer experiences throughout the pilot project.