This is correlated to a major expansion of its Marina facilities. This is where Joby will initially manufacture its electric air taxi for passengers and train future pilots as well as dedicated maintenance personnel.
In support of that, the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) awarded Joby a $9.8 million California Competes (CalCompetes) grant. The financial boost will help Joby focus on manufacturing plans, while its electric aircraft is set to receive the green light for commercial operations in 2025.
This is only the beginning. Once its eVTOL is officially certified, Joby will move up to scaled manufacturing and will do so in a different location. A couple of months ago, the eVTOL company confirmed plans to expand to Dayton, Ohio. That is where Joby will build a nearly 2 million square feet (185,800 square meters) plant in close proximity to the Dayton International Airport.
The future facility will be able to roll out up to 500 units per year, which in turn will bring 2,000 clean manufacturing jobs to the area.
Joby intends to start building this new facility next year and complete it by the end of 2025. As for its headquarters and R&D center, they'll stay in California.
In the meantime, Joby is focusing on its California-based pilot production facility. It was set up in collaboration with Toyota, who currently is Joby's largest external shareholder.
The Toyota design team helped configure this pilot production line in Marina, and the automotive giant will also help with component supply. The Joby-designed components will be manufactured by Toyota in Japan, sent to Joby's San Carlos facility for assembly, and then sent to the Marina pilot production line for the final assembly of the eVTOLs.
Recently, Joby claims to have completed a historic flight – the first eVTOL flight in New York City. A Joby air taxi took off from the famous Manhattan heliport, which is also on the way to becoming electrified in order to accommodate AAM (Advanced Air Mobility) commercial services.
The Joby electric air taxi promises a 100-mile (161 km) range on a single charge and extremely quiet urban operations, as confirmed through NASA testing.