We design and build vehicles for true point to point travel ®. ZEVA’s first vehicle, ZERO, will transform the transportation landscape for mission critical travel. Groundwork for eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) was being laid by Stephen Tibbitts as early as 2003 and in 2005 he submitted a grant proposal to NASA on the subject with ground-breaking concepts. Frustrated with GA (general aviation) and the specifically with the issue that hundreds of small airports have vanished. It is no longer possible to fly in a small GA aircraft and go where you want to go. He realized that vertical take-off and landing aircraft were going to be the solution.
Stephen Tibbitts from ZEVA AERO speaks at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Cascade Chapter panel session, "The intersection of Surface and Aviation Autonomous, Connected and Electric Flight for the Future". Stephen Tibbitts speaks on the video from time 6:30 to 18:30 with Q&A at 57:00.
Most Efficient Mode of Travel & Best for the Environment
ZERO – Emissions
90% – Cut in fuel costs
50% – Cut in maintenance costs
Significantly Quieter – Takeoff & landing
Short Commute – Heavy congested infrastructure becomes obsolete
Electric Vertical Take-Off & Landing
The ZERO is a personal flying machine that transitions from hover mode to forward flight mode. ZERO is a new class of aircraft that blends the best features of multi-copter with streamlined wing-body for improved range and efficiency.
An elite team of over 25 professionals from varying disciplines from around the globe.
Tibbitts’ 2005 NASA SBIR proposal has had a remarkable influence on eVTOL development worldwide and he is arguably the earliest prognosticator of eVTOL technology. “Vertical takeoff and landing is the most obvious benefit and allows efficient point-to-point travel. This unique flying machine has the potential to revolutionize general aviation.” Tibbitts has inspired work at NASA, Joby and many other companies and is an active participant in NASA’s Transformative Vertical Flight Working Groups.