UK adopts European eVTOL safety standards to avoid duplicating effort

UK adopts European eVTOL safety standards to avoid duplicating effort

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has confirmed it will adopt the Special Condition (SC) standards used by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) as the basis for eVTOL certification in the UK.

Rob Bishton, CAA’s group director for safety and airspace regulation said, “The decision to adopt SC-VTOL as our certification basis will support UK manufacturers and enable them to easily access the global market for eVTOL aircraft.”

Special conditions allow manufactures and aviation authorities to develop safety requirements and provide a basis for approval as new eVTOL technology emerges. The CAA says harmonising these standards across nations helps maintain high levels of safety, reduces industry costs and avoids duplicating efforts.

In implementing these new standards, the agency said it will continue to collaborate with other aviation authorities to share approaches, lessons learned and safety insight. This includes continuing to work with the US Federal Aviation Administration to facilitate certification, smoothing the path for eVTOL developers to receive concurrent validation.

The CAA’s announcement was welcomed by eVTOL developers looking for a clearer path to certify in both regions. UK based eVTOL developer Vertical Aerospace said the news supports the company’s plan to obtain concurrent type certification in the UK and Europe and the decision will “enable swift validation of its VX4 aircraft worldwide.”

“The UK confirming these high standards is a pivotal and positive step toward building a world-leading zero emissions aircraft in Britain,” said Michael Cervenka, president of Vertical. “It is vital that passengers and the public have the same trust in eVTOLs as in today’s passenger planes, as we try to make flying faster, smarter, and greener.”

US lawmakers pave way to fund vertiport infrastructure

US lawmakers pave way to fund vertiport infrastructure

The US House of Representatives has passed a bill that aims to provide $25 million in grants over two years to plan and build vertiport infrastructure for advanced air mobility (AAM) and future eVTOL operations.

The Advanced Aviation Infrastructure Modernization (AAIM) Act is a starting point to addressing how vertiports could be paid for in the US. The bill is the result of advocacy efforts led by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), with the support of a broad group of aviation stakeholders.

“We applaud the House of Representatives for passing this important legislation, which will support the future of on-demand aviation,” said Ed Bolen, president and CEO of NBAA, in a press release. “The targeted investments outlined in this legislation will assist in creating new, innovative and sustainable air transportation networks throughout our country that will support hundreds of thousands of green jobs while also ensuring our nation’s global leadership in aviation.”

If signed into law, the bill directs the Secretary of Transportation to administer the grant program, prioritising eligible recipients, such as state and local governments, airport sponsors, transit agencies, port authorities, and metropolitan planning organisations that propose working with AAM entities in their application.

With the passage of the House bill, NBAA said it will work with its coalition partners to advance the legislation in the Senate.

Once the Senate approves, it can go to the president to be signed into law, after which time, an interagency working group will be established within 120 days, as stipulated in the bill.

The task force will also consult with various stakeholders, including aviation operators and manufacturers, airports, labour groups, state, local and tribal officials, consumer groups, and first responders.

Pete Bunce, president and CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) said, “The support of Congress will be instrumental in the emergence of AAM and its facilitation of additional transportation options, job creation, economic growth, further environmental sustainability, and advancement in aerospace technology.”

 

Enel evaluates Arrival Bus with view to collaborate globally

Enel evaluates Arrival Bus with view to collaborate globally

Anglo Indian Electric bus and commercial vehicle developer Arrival and Enel X, the electric mobility subsidiary of Italian energy giant Enel, have entered into a partnership to evaluate Arrival’s zero-emission battery electric bus.

The testing will be carried out at the Vallelunga circuit in Italy using Enel X Way’s advanced charging services and solutions. If the trials prove successful, Enel will include the Arrival Bus within its portfolio of global electrification solutions.

The partnership will enable Enel X to strengthen its offering to public transport authorities across the world, providing a major boost to reach Enel’s target of supplying and supporting more than 20,000 electric buses by 2030.

Enel X is the world’s largest supplier of e-bus solutions outside China and currently operates more than 3,200 e-Buses globally.

Francesco Venturini, CEO of Enel X, says, “The partnership with Arrival is another important step towards achieving our goals of electrifying public transport globally. Public transport authorities face significant challenges in making cities smarter and more sustainable, and by offering our public transport solutions together with our many years of global experience, we want to give solid support to make this a reality. Arrival’s Bus look very promising. They are a technologically advanced means of transport that, if integrated within our value offer, can potentially provide operators and end users with the best possible customer experience.”

Avinash Rugoobur, President of Arrival adds, “Our electric bus aims to set new standards in passenger experience while reducing costs for operators. By manufacturing our vehicles in local micro-factories, we are fostering a global green transition that is fair, bringing jobs to local communities, using local suppliers and building vehicles designed for local markets.”

Rotterdam green hydrogen trials support maritime net zero transition

Rotterdam green hydrogen trials support maritime net zero transition

The Port of Rotterdam is supporting a trial in which green hydrogen will be produced from wind power at the Sif factory on the Maasvlakte, a man-made extension of Rotterdam’s giant Europort.

Sif, the Dutch fabricator of steel monopiles used as foundations for offshore wind turbines, is working on the AmpHytrite project with renewable energy consultants Pondera, construction and design consultant KCI The Engineers and GE Renewable Energy.

The companies have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on the project to establish the potential of producing green hydrogen at a full-scale offshore windfarm.

Green hydrogen is widely seen as the best option to transition the shipping industry away from fossil fuels.

The AmpHytrite trial is designed around three phases. The first is a feasibility study into offshore offgrid production of green hydrogen. The second involves developing and building a production unit near the Sif factory which will run exclusively on power generated by GE’s Haliade wind turbine and should produce 750 tons of green hydrogen a year. The third phase consists of scaling up the concept and applying it at full scale at a wind farm at sea.

The plans build on the findings of a previous feasibility study and are in line with the new hydrogen infrastructure and other projects planned by the Port of Rotterdam in its mission to achieve sustainability across the maritime industry.

Eve and Falcon target Dubai eVTOL services from 2026

Eve and Falcon target Dubai eVTOL services from 2026

Florida-based eVTOL developer Eve Air Mobility has signed a letter of intent with UAE-based Falcon Aviation Services, a leading business aviation services operator in the Middle East and Africa region, to purchase up to 35 electric vertical take-off and landing eVTOL aircraft.

Falcon intends to use the craft for tourist fights in and around Dubai, with deliveries expected to start in 2026, after Eve receives type certification for its aircraft. In the meantime, the companies said they will work with local stakeholders and authorities to support developing a UAM ecosystem for the United Arab Emirates.

Captain Ramandeep Oberoi, Chief Operating Officer of Falcon, said, “We are ecstatic to partner with Eve and be the first operator of eVTOL in Dubai & the MENA region. The launch of this concept fully aligns with the Smart Dubai vision and will contribute to positioning Dubai as a global leader in sustainable Urban Air Mobility transportation. Falcon is actively engaged in Urban Air Mobility emergence and committed to delivering an effective and sustainable new urban transportation mode and providing the community with better and faster solutions. We are particularly proud to take a new step in the UAE, in a project that will be revolutionary for sustainable urban mobility.”

Andre Stein, co-CEO of Eve added, “We are thrilled about partnering with Falcon and having the immense opportunity to enable the future urban mobility in the United Arab Emirates and launch eVTOL flights in Dubai. This is a massive challenge for both companies, which will help to position Dubai as a leader in the urban air mobility market. Eve’s global experience, which spans different regions across the globe, will surely benefit the achievement of this project”

Eve launched on the New York Stock Exchange last month, when it announced a pipeline of launch orders for 1,825 vehicles secured via non-binding letters of intent from 19 customers and investors including Azorra Aviation, Falko Regional Aircraft, Republic Airways and SkyWest.

Micromobility providers combine to offer wider range of bike-sharing options in Ghent

Micromobility providers combine to offer wider range of bike-sharing options in Ghent

Two Dutch micromobility companies, e-bike sharing company Dott and e-cargo bike-sharing company BAQME, have joined forces to offer comprehensive bike-sharing solutions to the people in the Belgium city Ghent.

In a first-of-its-kind offering, residents and visitors to Ghent will be able to access 600 regular e-bikes provided by Dott and up to 100 e-cargo bikes provided by BAQME.

The two companies hope that by providing a more diverse range of vehicles, they will be able to attract “more diverse populations” into micromobility. They also hope that the move will position Ghent as a leader in multi-modal sustainable transport.

“We’re at the forefront of maturing micromobility, expanding our ridership well beyond early adopters to free cities with clean rides for everyone,” said Joram Van Bouwel, Dott’s Area Manager for the Flanders Region.

“The City of Ghent is leading the way in making sustainable transportation accessible for all by awarding this first-of-its-kind permit. With the launch of Dott e-bikes across Ghent, both in the city centre and in the suburbs, alongside BAQME’s e-cargo bikes, we look forward to supporting Ghent’s reputation as a premier cycling city.”

Initially, Dott will deploy 200 e-bikes in the city centre, before gradually increasing the number to 600 over the course of the summer. The company is also offering unlimited free rides every weekend in June, while BAQME, meanwhile is offering free use of its e-cargo bikes lasting up to an hour.

The companies are also offering Ride passes — designed to extend the reach of local public transportation by mirroring its costs — available for both e-bikes and e-cargo bikes to reduce costs for commuters and regular riders.

All vehicle repairs, maintenance and logistics will be handled in-house by specialists at Dott’s warehouses, ensuring safety, reliability and quality.

“With a shared vision of a world where cities are designed for people, not cars, BAQME found a natural partner in Dott for the launch of our first service outside of the Netherlands,” said Berenice van Gessel, a co-founder of BAQME.

“The addition of our fleet of e-cargo bikes will give Ghent residents more options to move sustainably around their city, helping them replace car trips even when they’re travelling with groceries, luggage or personal items.”

Dublin Bus and Voi set up e-bike pilot for staff to travel between bus depots

Dublin Bus and Voi set up e-bike pilot for staff to travel between bus depots

Swedish micromobility provider Voi has linked up with bus operator Dublin Bus to give its staff access to a special fleet of Voi e-bikes as part of a new pilot project.

The co-branded e-bikes will enable Dublin Bus employees to travel between the eight depots that house the 1,000-strong bus fleet in the Republic of Ireland’s capitol city.

The initiative is part of a wider range of projects that the government funded Dublin Bus is pioneering to support sustainable transport. The e-bike usage data will provide invaluable insights to help Dublin Bus support customers in choosing how to journey on their first or last mile.

“New technology is changing the way everything is done and transport services are no different,” said Ray Coyne, Chief Executive of Dublin Bus.

“We’ve always prided ourselves on how we help Dublin thrive and this new technology is part of that and is also enabling new ways of doing things for Dublin Bus.”

Voi will provide 20 e-bikes that will be charged and maintained at Dublin Bus depots across the city.

Fredrik Hjelm, Co-Founder and CEO at Voi, said, “Integrating public transport with green transport modes, such as scooters or e-bikes is fundamental to the decarbonisation of our cities and towns, and we couldn’t be more excited about working with Dublin Bus to bring our vision of creating better cities to live, into the Irish capital.”

A Dublin Bus driver who attended Voi’s launch event at Broadstone Depot, Dublin, said, “We bus drivers spend large chunks of our time sitting down. I can’t wait to use the e-bikes to get some much-needed fresh air between shifts.”