EHang’s Autonomous Air Taxi Flew for the First Time in Costa Rica

The EH216-S nailed its first official flight in Latin America 8 photos
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The EH216-S recently completed another pioneering flight on its way to conquer the global market. The Chinese-made eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) made its official debut in Latin America with a public demonstration in Costa Rica.
Chinese eVTOL maker EHang has turned out to be one of the most successful worldwide in attracting international customers. Its flagship aircraft became the first eVTOL selected by a police force to be part of its official fleet, and that happened all the way to Spain. The same electric aircraft is now due to kick off commercial service in the UAE and Latin America, in addition to the company's major contracts in its home country.

The EH216-S stands out in the eVTOL market due to its certified autonomous capabilities, and it was the first of its kind to secure this type of certification. Although highly versatile –as most eVTOLs are – the Chinese-made air taxi will primarily target the aerial tourism market. The goal is to reinvent the concept of aerial sightseeing through flight operations that are not only emission-free but also pilot-free. This change could lower overall costs in this sector dramatically and also provide a sustainable alternative in the long run.

EHang plans to implement the same model it has envisioned for China in other parts of the world. In Latin America, it begins with Costa Rica. This is where the EH216-S might soon start conducting innovative airport-to-city and resort commuting. Hospitality operators could use this pilot-free aircraft as a tool for intra-resort transportation and aerial tourism. Nothing official has been announced so far, but the Chinese eVTOL's debut flight in the area is a clear indicator of future projects in development.

The autonomous eVTOL showed what it can do during a short demonstration flight at the Reserva Conchal resort in the beautiful Guanacaste province of Costa Rica. EHang's partners in this endeavor were AAM (Advanced Air Mobility) innovator Bluenest by Globalvia, Guanacaste Airport, and the hospitality division of FIFCO.

While EHang is paving its way to future operations in Latin America, the first units out of a 100 aircraft order are getting ready to be delivered to Abu Dhabi. This major order resulted from the Chinese company's partnership with the SAVI (Smart and Autonomous Vehicle Industries) Cluster, founded by the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) and the Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO).

Not all of the 100 EHang eVTOLs due to operate in Abu Dhabi are air taxis. Some of them will start operating in logistics (the EH216-L configuration of the EHang eVTOL) and in firefighting (the EH216-F configuration).

The air taxi version of the Chinese pilotless eVTOL is a compact, two-seat aircraft designed for short-range flights of up to 22 miles (35 km) at a maximum speed of 80.7 mph (130 kph).
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