New Horizon Aircraft Report Findings: 96% Of Professional Investors Are Keeping An Eye On Transport Of The Future As Companies Advance eVTOL Technology

The technology of Hollywood may finally be catching up to real life in another area. In the realm of electric vehicles (EVs), electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft have gotten some attention from the press, the public and investors. From large international majors like Hyundai HYMTF to newer eVTOL companies like New Horizon Aircraft HOVR ("Horizon Aircraft"), eVTOLs may be the way of the future. 

With population growth and urbanization on the rise, traffic congestion is becoming a pressing concern for citizens and city planners alike. A recent study conducted in the U.S., France, Germany and the U.K. reveals that road congestion results in up to $200 billion in lost productivity annually. Governments are also racing to transition away from gasoline-powered vehicles that contribute to global emissions and climate change. Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) offers a cost-effective, environmentally friendly and safer way to travel, presenting a disruptive alternative to traditional air travel and cargo systems. eVTOLs are among the solutions for the future. 

Horizon Aircraft is working on its prototype eVTOL, the Cavorite X7, which is designed for longer-range regional passenger, cargo and special missions. Their 50%-scale prototype has already successfully demonstrated hover flight and the company believes it may complete a successful transition flight before the end of Q1 of 2024.  

One of the key aspects that sets Horizon Aircraft apart from competitors like Joby Aviation JOBY and Lilium NV LILM is that it prides itself on the expertise of its team, comprised of professionals with extensive backgrounds in the aviation industry. Led by a highly skilled former fighter pilot, the company leverages collective knowledge gained from years of military and commercial aviation experience. The rest of the team at Horizon Aircraft consists of a group of engineers, pilots and business specialists who are committed to pushing the boundaries of regional transportation. 

The company is also vertically integrated; all of its composite manufacturing, 3D printed advanced carbon fiber thermoplastics, custom electronics, control systems and more are completed in-house. The company boasts that its product takes off and lands like a helicopter but has the capacity to fly almost twice as fast with lower operating costs. Unlike most of its competitors, Horizon's Cavorite X7 uses a hybrid electric power system that should enable a top speed of 450 km/h, carrying 1,500 lbs of useful load for more than 800 km. 

A recent report by Morgan Stanley predicts that AAM will encompass a total addressable market of $1.5 trillion by 2040.  "The intersection of many technologies, such as ultra-efficient batteries, autonomous systems, and advanced manufacturing processes are spawning a flurry of activity in this space,” shared Adam Jonas, Head of Morgan Stanley’s Global Auto and Shared Mobility research team. 

Horizon Aircraft also recently published a global study that showed an overwhelming majority (96%) of professional investors recognize the increasing global demand for improved transportation systems, coupled with the imperative to reduce the environmental footprint resulting from increased road congestion. The study's findings included that investors also believe the advancements in technology that demonstrate the safety and feasibility of eVTOL aircraft will catalyze movement in the regulatory landscape and attract substantial investments to the sector within the next five years.

Horizon Aircraft is looking to capitalize on these markets. Brandon Robinson, CEO of Horizon Aircraft, shared, “Private equity, venture capital and family office investors have been closely monitoring the Advanced Air Mobility sector for some time, but are now seeing an acceleration towards the launch of the first commercial eVTOL passenger routes. The sector has already attracted significant investment, and we anticipate that this will only increase as ongoing developments in technology provide new investment opportunities in this rapidly expanding market that has the potential to revolutionize transportation.”

Featured photo courtesy of Horizon Aircraft. 

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