ZEVA’s mission is to enable point to point air travel for the masses. We are doing this by designing and building the most innovative and practical eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) vehicles.
Why are we doing this? There are many reasons here are a few:
- Point to point air travel is the most efficient mode of travel (at least until we master warping space time). The Ford Motor Co. sponsored researchers at the University of Michigan to look ahead to a time when roads could be irrelevant. They found that emissions from “flying cars” was 52% lower than gas-powered cars and surprisingly 6% lower than battery-electric cars for trips of 62 miles. Read more details here. ZEVA is our way of speeding the transition to electric vehicles and helping to clean up the planet. Going electric also mean a 90% cut in fuel costs for the consumer.
- It is time to make a change. The roadways are overcapacity. It’s time to open the third dimension for local travel. The hub & spoke model will become obsolete. Why repeat the same topography when eVTOL enables point to point travel?
- Autonomy is easier to do in the air than on the ground. The reason is that on the ground, there are too many edge conditions with life-or-death consequence. The best AI systems are probably ten years away of being able to perfectly distinguish between a mailbox and a kid on a scooter. In the air there are many times fewer boundary conditions and you have a third-dimension to navigate in order to avoid an obstacle. The ZEVA Zero will be fully autonomous by 2024 if not before.
- The shift to eVTOL represents the largest economic opportunity of our lifetimes. “Overall, the market for intracity passenger eVTOLs in the US is projected to grow from $1 billion in 2025 to $13.8 billion in 2040, so the opportunity is significant,” Deloitte’s global aerospace group.
What is ZEVA’s secret sauce? Our vehicle designs are simple but effective.
- The Zero design uses a blended wing-body that creates lift during forward flight. Greater efficiency is achieved compared to a vertical lift design without a wing.
- There are no complicated tilt mechanisms. The entire aircraft transitions from hover mode to cruise mode which avoids the weight, complexity, drag and reliability issues of tilting rotor mechanisms.
- The first vehicle Zero is compact and in fact you can park two of this in a standard garage bay or parking spot.
- The Zero is relatively inexpensive to produce.