First in the Nordics with electric buses between plane and gate

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18.8.2020 | The Avinor Group

On August 18, 2020, Avinor Oslo Airport became the very first airport in the Nordic region to use electric buses to carry passengers between gates and planes.

“This is a very important step to reduce the airport’s emissions of greenhouse gases and to reach our goal of becoming a fossil-free airport by 2030,” Stine Westby Ramstad, Airport Director, said. 

In June 2018, Avinor Oslo Airport was granted 16 MNOK in ENOVA support to procure eight electric shuttle buses. Today, the eight buses were taken into use, which was duly marked by driving the electric buses in a convoy from Helsfyr Station (located around 45 km away) to Oslo Airport. The event continued with the official handing over of keys and speeches from Avinor, suppliers and partners.

Proud to be the very first

The eight buses that were put into operation today were the first step. By 2026, the goal is that all buses that carry passengers between planes and gates are electric. In a normal year, 1.2 million passengers are transported by bus between the gates and planes at Oslo Airport.

“It is very nice to present some positive news in these corona times. I am proud that we are the first airport in the Nordic region to have electric buses that will carry passengers between the gates and planes. The buses are put into operation immediately,” Westby said.

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Future-oriented choices and satisfied suppliers

The Dutch company VDL Bus & Coach has delivered the buses, and charging infrastructure has been provided by the Dutch company Heliox. The new buses have a future-oriented design and are 18 meters long.

“Avinor has chosen for the BRT model (Bus Rapid Transit). However, Avinor is interested in more than just the design. Choosing our electric buses says a lot about the ambitions of the airport. It is seamlessly linked to the overall picture of Norway as a front runner in electric travel in Europe,” Frank Reichel, CEO of VDL Bus & Coach Norway AS, said.

Westby thanked both the supplier companies and ENOVA for good cooperation. She pointed out that the support from ENOVA made it possible to implement environmentally friendly buses at a faster pace.

“Even though electric buses are more expensive than fossil driven buses, this is the right choice for the future. As more buses are put into production, we expect that it will be cheaper with an electric bus than with diesel,” Westby said.

“Important that companies like Avinor lead the way”

The environmental organization ZERO also participated in the event and stressed how important it is that companies like Avinor lead the way with implementing environmental-friendly efforts.

“By going from diesel buses to zero-emission buses, Avinor shows how to contribute to solving the climate challenges. We are happy that such a large player as Avinor is leading the way and congratulate everyone involved,”Marius Gjerset, Technology Manager in ZERO, said.

Source: AVINOR

EHang Launches Intelligent Aerial Firefighting Solution

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Valuable New Application of EHang 216 AAV

Guangzhou, China, July 31, 2020 — EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company, today announced the launch of the world’s first large-payload intelligent aerial firefighting solution.  Based on its flagship product, this new firefighting version of EHang 216, “EHang 216F” is specially designed for high-rise firefighting.  This launch further demonstrates the company’s ability to commercialize its world’s leading AAV technology platform to various practical applications, such as firefighting and emergency rescue.  With hundreds of thousands of high-rise buildings in China, the company believes the EHang 216F can become essential equipment for thousands of fire stations across China and eventually those around the world.

EHang 216F, the firefighting version of EHang 216 AAV

At a recent global launch ceremony in Yunfu, China, EHang revealed the 216F and demonstrated its capability to extinguish a high-rise fire.  With a maximum flight altitude of 600 meters, the 216F can carry up to 150 liters of firefighting foams and 6 fire extinguisher bombs in a single trip.  The 216F uses a visible light zoom camera to quickly identify the location of fire; it then hovers precisely in position and uses a laser aiming device to fire (in succession) a window breaker, the fire extinguishing “bombs” and then a full-range spray of firefighting foam.  Multiple 216Fs can be deployed to rapidly extinguish the fire.

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EHang 216F, extinguishing a high-rise fire in Yunfu, China

EHang’s Founder, Chairman and CEO, Huazhi Hu said, “We are pleased to introduce the EHang 216F AAV aerial firefighting solution, which solves difficult challenges in high-rise firefighting.  The high-rise fire use case highlights the practical application of our passenger-grade AAV platform to different smart city management needs.  The potential of our intelligent AAV technology platform is boundless.  We will explore and develop more aerial solutions and use cases to empower smart cities.”

“Firefighting and rescue is a race against death. By taking advantage of the rapid response and centralized management of the EHang AAV platform, we can greatly improve the effectiveness of our efforts,” said by Weiqiang Chen, the head of a fire station in Yunfu. “EHang’s intelligent aerial firefighting solution can effectively solve difficult problems in fighting high-rise fires.  This complements existing firefighting systems and will improve society’s ability to respond to emergencies.”

EHang 216Fs are expected to be deployed in urban fire stations to assist in firefighting within a 5km radius.  EHang’s autopilot and centralized management technologies enable a fleet of EHang 216Fs to be remotely dispatched for first response even before the firefighters arrive.  This significantly shortens response time and can reduce casualties.

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EHang 216F in a fire station in Yunfu, China

High-rise fires are a growing problem around the world.  The height of fire rescue ladders and the reach of fire nozzles are usually less than 50 meters, and their operations are often limited to one side of a building.  Furthermore, because high-rise buildings are often located in urban centers, traffic can significantly lengthen response times.  The intelligent aerial firefighting solution by EHang provides a better alternative for dealing with high-rise building fires.  With the fully-equipped EHang 216F AAVs and the command-and-control system, this solution offers comprehensive services including investigation, firefighting, rescue and emergency management.

Accelerating urbanization and building density are increasing fire hazards and creating more difficulties in firefighting.  According to a survey by China Fire Magazine, 233,000 fires were reported nationwide in 2019, among which 6,974 cases happened in high-rise buildings with a year-on-year growth of 10.6%.

About EHang

EHang (Nasdaq: EH) is the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) technology platform company. Our mission is to make safe, autonomous, and eco-friendly air mobility accessible to everyone. EHang provides customers in various industries with AAV products and commercial solutions: air mobility (including passenger transportation and logistics), smart city management, and aerial media solutions. As the forerunner of cutting-edge AAV technologies and commercial solutions in the global Urban Air Mobility (UAM) industry, EHang continues to explore the boundaries of the sky to make flying technologies benefit our life in smart cities. For more information, please visit www.ehang.com.

 

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Wisk Resumes Flight Testing with Self-Flying Air Taxi

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All-electric, eVTOL aircraft, Cora, returns to flight in the U.S. and New Zealand

JUN 10TH, 2020

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA AND WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND – – Wisk, the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) company behind the world’s first all-electric, self-flying air taxi, Cora, announced today that it has resumed flight testing in both the U.S. and in New Zealand.

The flight tests will evaluate the performance of the aircraft in a real world environment, while collecting data that will help inform the further development, operation, safety features and certification of the aircraft.

“We are excited to resume test flights following a brief pause due to COVID-19,” said Gary Gysin, CEO of Wisk. “The team’s dedication over the past few months has allowed us to remain focused on critical non-flight areas, such as certification, software development, and operations. This has allowed us to maintain momentum during this unique time. But it’s awesome to be flying again.”

Flight tests had been temporarily paused due to shelter-in-place restrictions resulting from the Coronavirus pandemic. Prior to the pandemic, the company had completed more than 1300 test flights expanding the flight envelope, providing data for model, design, and requirements updates, and maturing procedures to operate the aircraft safely and efficiently.

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“Our first priority has always been safety, both for our employees and in the development of our aircraft,” said Carl Engel, Director, Flight Test for Wisk. “As we return to flight testing, we have implemented a number of procedures and social distancing measures based on best practices and recommendations from local and national health and government organizations.”

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