Archer has confirmed that Miami will be the next city in the USA where it intends to launch its urban air mobility network by 2024. The company has also announced that two of Uber Elevate co-founders – Nikhil Goel and Mark Moore – have joined its advisory board.
This news follows on from last month’s announcement by the eVTOL aircraft developer, which said it plans to set up its first urban air mobility network in Los Angeles in the same year.
Adam Goldstein, co-Founder and co-CEO of Archer, said: “Cities across America are looking for solutions to traffic and mobility challenges. Our collaboration with Miami will bring quick, safe, affordable everyday flight to Southern Florida.
“Launching an Urban Air Mobility network in Florida is particularly exciting for Brett and I personally as graduates of the University of Florida. We named Archer after our first eVTOL R&D lab, based just off Archer Road in Gainesville, FL, so making an impact on Florida’s transportation issues will be a great full circle moment for us.”
Brett Adcock, co-Founder and co-CEO of Archer, added: “By giving passengers greater flexibility to explore the world around them, we’re bringing adventure to their fingertips, whether they’re commuting to work, or visiting a nearby city or state park.
“Archer will develop a UAM network in Miami to support eVTOL aircraft, and create a service with a price equivalent to rideshare services on the market today. Fundamental to our success, and indeed the success of the entire eVTOL industry, is the support of progressive leaders like Mayor Suarez in supporting innovative new modes of transportation.”
Archer will now work with the city of Miami to address some of South Florida’s mobility challenges, offering people a new option to travel in and around dense cities in a fast, safe, sustainable, and cost-effective manner.
Francis Suarez, Mayor of Miami, said: “We know that infrastructure and transportation solutions in Southern Florida must change over the next decade to curb carbon emissions, decrease traffic, and create the multimodal transportation networks of the future.
“The City of Miami is dedicated to collaborating with Archer to build one of America’s first UAM networks and work towards overcoming the geographical challenges of our water-locked areas currently only accessible via congested roadways. We couldn’t be more excited to be aligning with such a leading force in the eVTOL industry.”
Archer has enjoyed a strong start to 2021 and is now regarded as one of the key players in the eVTOL space, in part due to its recent SPAC merger with Atlas Crest Investment Corp to go public. The deal valued the company at approximately $3.8 billion, making it the third eVTOL aircraft unicorn alongside Joby Aviation and Lilium. United Airlines – one of the world’s biggest commercial airliners – has also placed an order for $1 billion worth of eVTOL aircraft, with an option for an additional $500 million of aircraft.
And in Goel and Moore, Archer has now brought significant industry expertise to the company as they work towards certification of its eVTOL aircraft, which can carry passengers for 60 miles at speeds of 150mph. A full-scale version will be unveiled later this year.
The pair – who have been recognised in the first eVTOL Insights Power Book – co-authored Uber’s ‘Elevate’ white paper on aerial ridesharing and spent four years advancing the urban air mobility space to pave the way for the future of transportation.
Moore said: “Archer has one of the best designed aircraft that I’ve seen, both for aerial ride-sharing and cargo applications. It’s competitively positioned for superior manufacturability and rapid certification. Their engineering team has developed a compelling eVTOL that’s tightly aligned with the necessary requirements for optimum network performance and economics.”
Commenting on their appointment to the advisory board, Adcock added: “Archer is dedicated to reshaping urban air mobility throughout the world and advancing the benefits of sustainable air travel. This is an undertaking that will require a tremendous amount of effort, and Nikhil and Mark will bring an unparalleled perspective as some of the first-movers in the industry.”