EHang has delivered five units of its EH216-S AAV to a new customer, Shenzhen Boling Holding Group, as part of a potential order for up to 100 units. Boling's purchase of up to 95 addition aircraft is conditional upon EHang's receipt of the EH216-S type certification from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and subject to the parties' further agreement on details such as delivery timeline.
The delivery of the first five units is the initial step in commercial plans to launch aerial tourism and sightseeing services in Shenzhen as part of EHang's strategic partnership with Bao'an District government. The AAVs are expected to be used for regular flight operations by Boling at EHang's first UAM operation demonstration centre at OH Bay in Bao'an District.
UAM is a key aspect of the low-altitude economy. According to the recently released Implementation Plan for Innovative Development of Low-Altitude Economy Industries in Bao'an District, Shenzhen (2023-2025) by the local government, a multitude of business scenarios will be developed in UAM, aerial sightseeing, aerial logistics, emergency rescue, smart city management, industrial applications and entertainment. Over 50 unmanned flight routes are planned with over 100 low-altitude aircraft take off and landing platforms deployed in a grid pattern.
Boling chairman Guanshen Xu says: “The low-altitude economy holds promising prospects and I am thrilled to collaborate with EHang, a leading company in this sector. We look forward to taking the initiative in conducting flights at OH Bay to accumulate practical experience for continuous expansion across Shenzhen, as well as the Greater Bay Area, encompassing Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau. We are confident that integrating passenger-carrying autonomous aerial vehicles with our businesses will bring forth a more intelligent and convenient way of life for everyone.”
EHang COO Xin Fang adds: “As the type certification of EH216-S is close to completion, our preparations for post-certification operations are in full swing. Shenzhen Bao'an District, with its unique industrial ecosystem and conducive conditions for developing the low-altitude economy, is an ideal region for deploying commercial EH216-S operations. EHang is pleased to join forces with Boling and pioneer UAM operations in Shenzhen.”