DHL Supply Chain and Eve Air Mobility (Eve) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to conduct a study of Eve’s electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOL) operation.
The study will investigate how essential components for repairs and maintenance can be distributed in the most efficient way possible. A key focus will be the transportation, storage and disposal of batteries that power the aircraft.
In addition, the companies will investigate how supply-chain management can be optimised for the transportation of general supplies to vertiports, areas from which the eVTOL aircraft can take off and land.
Mauricio Almeida, vice president of automotive, technology and consumer at DHL Supply Chain, said: “We are very excited about the opportunity to shape the future of mobility with Eve Air Mobility.
“Initiatives like this are part of our ESG mission, and we are contributing all our knowledge and experience to make this another great successful project developed by the Brazilian aerospace industry, with benefits for major cities around the world.”
The eVTOLs designed by Eve are 100% electric and, according to the company, produce up to 80% less CO₂ emissions than cars. Upon launch, the aircraft will be piloted but plans are in place for autonomous operations in the future, which could increase the passenger capacity from four to six.
Eve expects its first eVTOLs to be in operation from 2026.