Huang Ailin, a researcher from a Sichuan Province Think Tank, in part­ner­ship with eVTOL Chi­nese air­craft devel­op­er, Pan­tuo, recent­ly wrote in a Report enti­tled ‘2023 Chi­na Ver­ti­cal Mobil­i­ty Mar­ket Out­look’ released by Porsche Man­age­ment Con­sult­ing, that China’s eVTOL indus­try is expect­ed to account for between 25 and 30 per­cent of the glob­al mar­ket share by 2030, mak­ing it the world’s largest.

Described as “an opti­mistic, albeit incom­plete, fore­cast of mar­ket accep­tance among high-net-worth indi­vid­u­als”, after analysing trav­el pat­terns and auto­mo­bile pur­chas­ing ten­den­cies in 46 high-income cities, the group antic­i­pates that China’s eVTOL mar­ket will expe­ri­ence annu­al growth of 100 units by 2027 and 500 units by 2030 under “neu­tral fore­cast con­di­tions.”

One of China’s lead­ing eVTOL com­pa­nies is, of course, EHang, and being in touch­ing dis­tance of full com­mer­cial cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and ahead of its com­pe­ti­tion, could become the first to real­ly ben­e­fit from these so-called “high-net-worth indi­vid­u­als.”

Yet, the real strength of the com­pa­ny is its present expan­sion to oth­er glob­al ter­ri­to­ries away from Chi­na, includ­ing Europe. Only this week, the com­pa­ny tweet­ed out, that “EHang was hon­oured to host a show­cas­ing of its autonomous 216 AAV in Zaragoza, Spain, includ­ing flight demon­stra­tions along­side infor­ma­tion about its tech­nol­o­gy and oper­a­tions around Europe.”

China’s Guangzhou’s Chief of Munic­i­pal Edu­ca­tion Bureau as well as Direc­tors from the Munic­i­pal Bureau of Indus­try and Infor­ma­tion Tech­nol­o­gy were present. 

Both Zaragoza and Guangzhou under “a twin­ning scheme” rep­re­sent one of EHang’s Urban Air Mobil­i­ty (UAM) pilot cities. This strate­gic part­ner­ship began in April, 2021 and was the Chi­nese company’s fourth Euro­pean city part­ner­ship along­side Seville and Llíria in Spain and Linz in Aus­tria. Zaragoza is Spain’s fifth largest city.

The tweet con­tin­ues, “EHang is pleased to put its tech­nol­o­gy at the dis­pos­al of both cities, for bring­ing them togeth­er and clos­er to their com­mon goal of pro­vid­ing safe, sus­tain­able and effi­cient aer­i­al trans­porta­tion to their cit­i­zens.”

Accord­ing to the agree­ment, EHang and Zaragoza “joint­ly pro­mote the imple­men­ta­tion of AAV demon­stra­tion projects in pas­sen­ger trans­porta­tion, aer­i­al tourism, aer­i­al logis­tics and oth­er appli­ca­tion sce­nar­ios under the frame­work of UAM strate­gic part­ner­ship.” They also col­lab­o­rate on UAM infra­struc­ture devel­op­ment includ­ing com­mand-and-con­trol cen­tres and ver­ti­ports. Both par­ties “aim to build an aer­i­al trans­porta­tion hub in Zaragoza to advance sus­tain­able and eco-friend­ly devel­op­ment for the city.”

At the time, Jorge Azcón Navar­ro, the May­or of Zaragoza, com­ment­ed, “The part­ner­ship with EHang will fur­ther dri­ve the city of Zaragoza to become a pio­neer and leader in UAM in Spain and Europe. In the future, the gen­er­al pub­lic can enjoy the view of the Cathe­dral-Basil­i­ca of Our Lady of the Pil­lar, a nation­al art trea­sure in Zaragoza, not only from an Ebro riv­er boat but also from pas­sen­ger-grade AAVs over the Ebro riv­er.”

Mean­while, the twinned Guangzhou is lead­ing the Chi­nese car­bon-free approach by recent­ly win­ning the title of “2023 Green Low-Car­bon Demon­stra­tion Park” issued by the Chi­na Coun­cil for the Pro­mo­tion of Inter­na­tion­al Invest­ment. The award was pre­sent­ed at The Chi­na Devel­op­ment Zone Green Devel­op­ment and Intel­li­gent Man­u­fac­tur­ing Indus­try Invest­ment Pro­mo­tion Sem­i­nar, held in the port city of Xia­men.

In recent years, the Guangzhou Devel­op­ment Zone has imple­ment­ed the nation­al “dou­ble car­bon” strat­e­gy, adher­ing to the con­cept of “indus­tri­al green­ing”, sup­port­ed by “green invest­ment pro­mo­tion.”

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