Eve Air Mobility has named three new suppliers for its eVTOL aircraft: Garmin will supply the avionics; Liebherr-Aerospace the flight controls actuators; and Intergalactic the thermal management system.
“We are looking forward to working with each of our suppliers as we progress with our eVTOL development,” says CEO Johann Bordais. “Each of our suppliers undergoes a very stringent review that evaluates not only the performance and quality of their product, but also their dedication to continuous improvement and customer support and satisfaction. We are looking forward to a long-term working relationship with each of our suppliers.”
Garmin will supply the G3000 integrated flight deck, which features large format, light weight, high-resolution glass displays integrating with Eve's vehicle management and flight control systems. Its intuitive touchscreen interface reduces pilot workload by providing direct access to a full suite of avionics capabilities including an integrated flight management system, NAV/COM radios, transponder, audio management and access to a breadth of applications such as checklists, charts, synoptics and full-featured maps.
Liebherr will develop electromechanical actuators (EMA) for the fly-by-wire flight controls. Liebherr is well known for its expertise in the manufacturing of precision gears and dependable actuation, crucial for this type of technology. The actuators will be powered by the aircraft's electrical system and the technology will ensure high performance, configurability and easier maintenance.
Intergalactic will provide the thermal management system, which will maintain an optimal temperature range for batteries and other electronic components. The system will also help ensure a comfortable temperature inside the cabin of the aircraft.
These three suppliers are in addition to three that were announced at the Paris Air Show this past summer. Nidec Aerospace, a joint venture between Japan's Nidec Corporation and Brazil's Embraer, will provide the electric propulsion system, BAE Systems the energy storage system and DUC Hélices Propellers the rotors and propellers.
Eve's eVTOL aircraft utilises a lift+cruise configuration with eight dedicated propellers for vertical flight and fixed wings to fly on cruise, with no change in the position of these components during flight. The latest concept includes an electric pusher powered by dual electric motors that provide propulsion redundancy while ensuring high performance and safety. While offering numerous advantages including lower cost of operation, fewer parts, optimised structures and systems, it has been developed to offer efficient thrust with low sound.
Its first eVTOL production facility will be located in the city of Taubaté, in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. The company has begun assembly of its first full-scale eVTOL prototype, which will be followed by a test campaign in 2024.
Concurrently, Eve continues to develop a comprehensive portfolio of agnostic service and operations solutions, including unique urban air traffic management (Urban ATM) software to optimise and scale urban air mobility operations worldwide.