EHang expands into the UAE, joining the SAVI Cluster in Abu Dhabi and partnering with Wings Logistics Hub, committing to introduce autonomous electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing aircraft ("eVTOLs"). The strategic collaboration aims to enhance urban air transportation and smart city management in the Middle East and North Africa. Wings Logistics Hub plans to acquire up to 100 units of EHang's EH216 series eVTOLs, fostering eco-friendly aviation.
EHang, a trailblazer in urban air mobility technology, is expanding its horizons into the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with a strategic partnership and collaboration with Wings Logistics Hub, a subsidiary of Technology Holding Company (THC), the technology arm of EIH Ethmar International Holding. This expansion marks EHang's entry into the Smart and Autonomous Vehicle Industries ("SAVI") Cluster in Abu Dhabi, aiming to revolutionize urban air transportation and smart city management in the MENA region.
The SAVI Cluster, established in Masdar City under the guidance of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development ("ADDED") and the Abu Dhabi Investment Office ("ADIO"), serves as a dedicated platform to position Abu Dhabi as a pivotal hub for smart and autonomous vehicles. Offering cutting-edge facilities and supportive regulations, SAVI fosters innovation and enables practical applications of these advanced vehicle technologies.
EHang, known for its autonomous eVTOLs and possessing the world's first eVTOL type certificate issued by the Civil Aviation Administration of China ("CAAC"), has cemented a long-term collaboration with Wings Logistics Hub. The primary objective of this partnership is to introduce EHang's autonomous eVTOLs into the UAE market.
Within this strategic alliance, Wings Logistics Hub and EHang will collaborate closely to facilitate local certifications and operations of the EH216 series eVTOLs. This series includes models tailored for passenger transportation, aerial logistics, and firefighting, demonstrating diverse applications in urban air mobility.
Wings Logistics Hub aims to procure up to 100 units of the EH216 series eVTOLs from EHang, with initial deliveries scheduled for the first quarter of 2024.
Mr. Mohamed Al Dhaheri, board member of Wings Logistics Hub, expressed anticipation for the partnership, highlighting the potential benefits for the region. He emphasized the importance of introducing electric aviation to the UAE, anticipating reduced congestion and emissions, increased foreign investments, and employment opportunities.
EHang's Founder, CEO, and Chairman, Mr. Huazhi Hu, shared excitement about the alliance, emphasizing the company's commitment to integrating safe, intelligent, and eco-friendly air mobility technologies into the UAE. EHang's pioneering achievements in autonomous eVTOLs position them as catalysts for innovative aviation solutions in the region.
EHang's collaboration with Wings Logistics Hub marks an exciting chapter in the UAE's aviation landscape. Their partnership in the SAVI Cluster signifies a commitment to fostering smart and sustainable urban air mobility solutions, promising significant advancements in air transportation, logistics, and smart city management in the region.