Europcar Brazil plans to purchase 50 eGyro eVTOL aircraft from Skyworks Aeronautics for use in Brazil, the world's fourth largest market for civil helicopters after the US, Russia and Canada. Europcar is the world's third largest rental car company and a leading mobility provider.
“We are extremely excited to partner with Skyworks Aeronautics to bring safe, efficient and cost-effective electric aircraft solutions to Brazil,” states Paulo Gaba, CEO of the Autotur Group, the Europcar franchisee for Brazil. “This initial order for Skyworks' eGyro reflects our understanding that though aviation certainly connects the world in important ways, we have an opportunity to deliver new, sustainable mobility capabilities that create immense value for consumers while better caring for our planet. The offer of eGyros will complete our range of possibilities as a global mobility provider.”
Skyworks director Jack Carter adds: “We have been developing manned and unmanned vertical lift gyroplane technologies for more than two decades, providing sustained autorotative flight capabilities that enable aircraft to be both runway independent and economical, and without the physics-imposed speed, range and payload limitations of a helicopter. This exciting partnership with Europcar Brazil highlights the promise of our electrified gyrocraft to expand their already extraordinary service capabilities to serve current and future markets in new, safe and exciting ways.”
Skyworks co-founder and CEO John Michel concludes: “We are living at a time of incredible opportunity and excitement as it relates to aviation. At a time in history where demand for the safe and efficient movement of people and goods, as well as growing desire for effective emissions-free flight converge, this partnership with Europcar Brazil allows us to work together to demonstrate the transformative impact of gyronautics in the world's fourth largest market for civil helicopters. Together, we look forward to making affordable mobility accessible to the masses in Brazil and beyond.”
Nortavia and a consortium of Mint Air and Mobius also recently placed eGyro orders.