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EHang Joins Japan’s Public-Private Committee for AAM

EHang Joins Japan’s Public-Private Committee for AAM

China-based EHang has become the first autonomous eVTOL manufacturer to be inducted as a member of Japan’s Public-Private Committee (PPC) for Advanced Air Mobility (AAM). 

The committee comprises 56 global members from the public and private sectors, all of whom focus on paving the way to introduce electric aircraft into the Japanese market. 

As the latest member to join, EHang has been tasked with using its expertise in Autonomous Aerial Vehicle (AAV) technology to implement a safe and reliable AAM ecosystem for the implementation of eVTOLs in Japan. 

“We are excited to become a member of the PPC, Japan’s largest alliance for AAM,” Xin Fang, Chief Operating Officer of EHang, said. “We believe our exchange and collaboration with other members, especially backed by our advanced AAV technologies and trial flight experience in Japan, will bring new concepts for enhancing synergies to facilitate Japan’s future AAM revolution.”

The PPC was established in 2018 by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT). It consists of aircraft producers, scientific research institutions, and government bodies that look into the latest eVTOL and AAM advancements. 

EHang has a longstanding association with Japan as it has conducted trial flights for its EH216-S AAV eVTOL aircraft in six Japanese cities over the past two years. In February, the Guangzhou-based firm achieved a historic first as it completed the first passenger-carrying autonomous flight demonstration in Japan

Last month, the aircraft manufacturer announced it was in the “final sprint” to obtain type certification for its two-seater EH216 eVTOL. 

Japan is keen on integrating AAM into everyday life, as the METI and MLIT have outlined plans to showcase this at the 2025 World Expo in Osaka. The plans also indicate an interest in using eVTOLs for passenger transport in urban and mountainous areas, along with outlying islands. 

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