EHang was founded in December 2014 in Guangzhou, China by Huazhi Hu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and Derrick Yifang Xiong, Director and Chief Marketing Officer. EHang is an autonomous aerial vehicle technology platform company based in China and is pioneering the future of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aerial transportation through multiple proprietary products and services for air cargo service, fire fighting, new reporting, Urban Air Mobility (UAM) and more.
EHang's proprietary electric products and services include:
- eVTOL Passenger Transportation
- Multiple commercial eVTOL drone services (Such as aerial mapping; forest fire surveillance, inspection and reporting; public safety surveillance; traffic management; 3 dimension modeling; news reporting and more.)
- eVTOL Logistics
- eVTOL Aerial Media (Light shows in the sky at night created by using thousands of drones.)
- Smart Cities
- Command and Control Center (For passenger, cargo and drone services.)
EHang first unveiled its initial design, the single-seat model 184, at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada. EHang had delivered more than 130 units of its two-seat model 216 by the end of 2020.
After many months of rumors and speculation, Guangzhou, China-based EHang acknowledged in a tweet on March 9, 2021, “EHang has been developing long-range electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicle (called the VT30) for years. We are about to run the test flight of this new product in months, which will have many new breakthrough features. We will release more information in time.” On May 25, 2021, EHang revealed pictures and more details of its VT-30 long-range flagship eco-friendly all-electric zero-emissions and low noise aircraft.
The company is calling the one passenger EHang VT25 a transition product which sports eight VTOL propellers, one pusher propeller, has a low wing with winglets and has a range of 400 km (249 m). The picture above was used for the patient application for the VT30.
- Aircraft type: eVTOL aircraft
- Piloting: Autonomous
- Capacity: 1 passenger
- Cruise speed: Unknown
- Range: 400 km (249 m)
- Flight Time: Unknown
- Propellers: 8 VTOL propellers, 1 pusher propeller
- Electric Motors: 9 electric motors
- Power source: Batteries
- Fuselage: Carbon fiber composite, with two booms holding the VTOL propellers
- Windows: Canopy over cockpit
- Wings: 1 low wing with winglets
- Tail: Twin tail boom
- Landing gear: Tricycle fixed landing legs
- Safety Features: Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP), provides safety through redundancy for its passengers and/or cargo. DEP means having multiple propellers and motors on the aircraft so if one or more motors or propellers fail, the other working motors and propellers can safely land the aircraft.