Guangzhou, China and Redwood City, California, USA

EHang is a dominant player in the quadcopter drone market. The company hopes to extend its unmanned electric VTOL technology to manned applications. The designation of its 184 single-seat eVTOL means “1 passenger, 8 propellers, 4 arms.”

The EHang 184 Autonomous Aerial Vehicle (“AAV”) was initiated by the founder and CEO, Mr. HU Huazhi; in late 2012, he started to design the initial verification model. Manned and unmanned flight testing has been conducted in China in 2015-2017, USA (Nevada) in 2016-2017 and UAE (Dubai), in 2017. It is suspected that there was an incident with the vehicle, which delayed progress.

In a July 2017 interview for CNBC, EHang co-founder Derrick Xiong stated that “at this moment we are working closely with Dubai and we have actually, together with them, we have done numerous tests, internally. Also we have basically done a lot of — many, many times — tests with a passenger on it, including the vice-mayor of Guangzhou City in China and also some governors from Dubai as well. We have done a lot of tests and we aim to do the very first public demo very soon this year.”

In Feb. 2018, EHang unveiled that it had made a new version, apparently with two-seats, that had twice as many arms. (Although apparently still named “184”, it should have been designated the “EHang 2168”, if the company used the same naming logic.) The company also reported that the “EHANG184 AAV achieves a series of manned flight tests with up to 40 persons,” including the EHANG CEO onboard.

Two-Seat Ehang 184

Single-Seat EHang 184 Characteristics (Feb. 2017)

Fuselage length 13 ft 4 m
Overall height 4.6 ft 1.4 m
Wingspan none
Tip-to-tip distance 16.4 ft 5 m
Empty weight 530 lb 240 kg
Max gross takeoff wt 795 lb 360 kg
Useful load 265 lb 120 kg
Cruise speed 32 kt 60 km/h
Lift Propulsors 8 propellers
Motor output 8x 200 hp 8x 152 kW
Power type electric/batteries
Passenger capacity 1
First Flight 2016