ZEVA will transform the transportation landscape for mission critical travel. ZEVA was founded in 2017, though groundwork for ZEVA’s pioneering electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) technology was laid by founder and CEO Stephen Tibbitts as early as 2003. Frustrated with general aviation—and specifically with the issue that hundreds of small airports have vanished—Mr. Tibbitts became an early proponent of eVTOL aircraft because they don’t require a landing strip and rather use vertiports which boast a smaller, more affordable footprint. In 2005, he submitted a grant proposal to NASA with ground-breaking concepts on eVTOL; the earliest iteration of ZEVA aircraft. As conversations around eVTOL vehicles permeated the mainstream in 2017, ZEVA’s early team of engineers and designers competed in the Boeing GoFly competition and began initial design studies and prototyping.
Today, Team ZEVA has grown to about 25 people from a variety of disciplines. ZEVA CEO, Stephen Tibbitts, is a serial entrepreneur and ZEVA is his 5th startup company. He has the ability to foresee selected mega-trends and eVTOL is an emerging phenomenon that represents one of the largest economic disruptions this century.