The reality behind the eVTOL industry’s hyperbole, Part 6.

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By Bjorn Fehrm

August 17, 2023, © Leeham News: We look at the promises that the VTOL industry has made in their Investor prospects and what the reality is as they come closer to Certification and production.

We used our Aircraft Performance and Cost model to understand the data for the typical missions for the Joby S4 and Archer Midnight VTOLs and how the economics pans out for these missions. We now look at the results and compare them to what’s been projected from the OEMs.

Figure 1. The Joby S4 VTOL. Source: Leeham Co.

  • We found the VTOL OEM's economics for the typical 10-minute shuttle flights optimistic.
  • When we go back and look at investor deck projections, the cost comparison to helicopter costs were totally off the mark. When we correct this the VTOL is more expensive to operate then an equivalent helicopter.

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