Fiat Chrysler Teams With Silicon Valley Startup on New Air Taxi

The automaker’s low-cost supply chain and expertise in advanced materials and engineering will help to make Archer’s vehicle more affordable, the companies said in statement Tuesday. Archer said it plans to unveil its aircraft early this year, with production intended to start in 2023…

Archer is one of numerous companies working to spur the market for a new breed of air taxi called electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, or eVTOLs. The goal is to create an environmentally friendly vehicle capable of whisking two to a dozen passengers on short jaunts far above automobile traffic in crowded cities, such as Beijing, Dubai, Los Angeles and Sao Paulo.

Palo Alto, California-based Archer said its first aircraft will be able to travel as far as 60 miles (almost 100 kilometers) at 150 miles an hour. Fiat Chrysler has collaborated on cockpit design elements of the vehicle.