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Joby Aviation in partnership with the US Air Force

In flip, competitor Joby Aviation obtained Part 35 certification from the FAA in 2022 and has a partnership with the US Air Force in addition to having obtained air taxi orders from the American airline Delta Air Lines.

Archer and Joby search to revolutionize city journey

Archer is amongst a bunch of eVTOL producers searching for to revolutionize city journey in congested cities by providing short-range air journey. However, the sector faces regulatory and technological challenges, akin to battery density, which have weighed on producers' efficiency: Archer shares are down 47 p.c this yr, whereas Joby Aviation is down 26.7 p.c.

Stellantis is Archer's largest shareholder

However, that hasn't stopped giant corporations from betting on eVTOL producers. Earlier this yr, automaker Stellantis elevated its stake in Archer by about 8.3 million shares, making it the corporate's largest shareholder. Starting from 2020 Stellantis is a strategic accomplice of Archer by means of numerous collaboration initiatives and from 2021 as an investor. During this time, Archer was capable of leverage the automaker's experience in areas akin to manufacturing, provide chain and design within the growth and advertising and marketing of its eVtol plane.

Archer's Midnight eVTOL is designed as a four-passenger piloted plane with a spread of as much as 100 miles (160 kilometers) and prime speeds of as much as 150 miles per hour (240 kilometers per hour). While Joby's S4 eVTOL is a four-passenger piloted plane, designed to have a spread of 150 miles (240 km) with a most velocity of 320 kilometers per hour.

Archer hopes to provide 6,000 planes by 2030

Archer plans to provide 250 Midnights within the first yr of manufacturing at its plant in Covington, Georgia, about 35 miles (55 kilometers) from Atlanta.