eVTOL aircraft developer Archer has announced an agreement with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), where it will benefit from FCA’s low-cost supply chain, advanced composite material capabilities and engineering and design experience.

In a press release announcing the news, FCA – the parent company of automobile brands such as Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep® and Ram – has already helped to work on the cockpit design of Archer’s first aircraft, which is expected to be unveiled later this year.

The new partnership will also help accelerate California-based Archer’s timeline, as it looks to create the world’s first all-electric airline that moves people throughout the world’s cities in a quick, safe, sustainable and cost-effective manner. It added that it intends to start production of its eVTOL aircraft in 2023.

Brett Adcock, co-founder and co-CEO of Archer, said: “We’ve been hyper-focused on a customer-first approach to vehicle design and aircraft operations. Now we are working with a seasoned, industry-leading automotive partner to leverage cost benefits and experience that will allow Archer to produce thousands of aircraft reliably and affordably every single year.”

Adam Goldstein, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Archer, added: “We are excited to team up with one of the world’s largest automotive companies on our mission of advancing the benefits of sustainable air mobility.

“This is a first-of-its-kind deal for one of Detroit’s Big Three automakers in moving into the urban air mobility space. There is now a clear path for Archer to bring mass production to this industry, changing the way people travel in and around cities forever.”

Archer’s all-electric aircraft will be capable of traveling distances of up to 60 miles at 150 mph. The partnership will also see both companies work together to significantly decrease the cost of production, enabling Archer to bring affordably priced service to customers via its ultra-quiet, high-performance eVTOL aircraft.

Doug Ostermann, vice president and head of global business development of FCA, said: “Electrification within the transportation sector whether on roads or in the air is the future and with any new and rapidly developing technology, scale is important.

“Our partnership with Archer has mutual benefits and will enable innovative, environmentally friendly transportation solutions to be brought to market at an accelerated pace.”