Chinese company EHang – known for its electric air taxis – has announced a freight version of the EHang 216 autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV). The EHang 216L heavy-lift multirotor cargo drone is capable of transporting loads of up to 200 kg. The system should enable short and medium-haul air freight transport in both rural and urban environments.
EHang presents cargo drone with a payload of 440 Lbs
Point-to-point air transport
According to a press release, the EHang 216L heavy-lift cargo drone can carry payloads of up to 440 Lbs. To this end, the cargo drone has eight arms and sixteen blades with propellers. The necessary redundancy guarantees flight safety in the drive. The system can fly independently.
According to EHang, the cargo drone offers several commercial opportunities for logistics applications requiring frequent point-to-point air travel. Think of supplying offshore drilling platforms, flying over urgent goods during disaster situations, and transporting agricultural goods to locations that are difficult to reach.
Lower emissions than ground transport
“With the EHang 216L, we are responding to the demand for heavy haulage AAVs for short to medium-haul air logistics,” said EHang founder and CEO Hu Huazhi. “With increasing payloads and flight distances, air logistics is expected to be one of the first commercial applications of AAVs as it has higher efficiency but lower emissions than conventional ground transportation.”
However, the EHang 216L will not be able to fly around Europe yet. To this end, the operational preconditions that are set for cargo drones in the Certified category must first be further elaborated.
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