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Brazilian plane maker Embraer to open a Sao Paulo factory for electric air taxis, eyeing a 2026 launch with 3,000 orders already placed.

Brazilian aerospace company Embraer announced plans on Monday to construct a new manufacturing facility near Sao Paulo, Brazil, set to produce electric air taxis, aiming for airborne operation by 2026.

According to BBC News, Embraer's subsidiary, Eve, will be responsible for crafting these electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. These vehicles, akin to compact helicopters, will accommodate up to six passengers.

The electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft will not need a runway but can travel long distances like an aeroplane. Electric motors should reduce noise and pollution compared with standard planes. It has been argued the aircraft could help reduce traffic congestion in crowded cities, without being too expensive for customers. They have also been seen as an alternative for transporting cargo.

With nearly 3,000 orders already in the pipeline, Eve plans to have a prototype ready within this year. The eVTOL aircraft will likely be approved for flight in the United States by 2025, according to recent U.S. regulatory timelines.

Embraer hopes these cost-effective, drone-like vehicles could mitigate traffic congestion in bustling cities, with initial uses focused on taxi fleets. A subsequent rollout of self-piloted models is also part of Eve's strategy.

The factory will be erected in Taubate, approximately 140km from Sao Paulo, the economic heartbeat of Brazil. Trips are anticipated to range between $50-$100 per passenger, making for an affordable, eco-friendly commuting alternative.

Eunice is a sustainability writer whose passion is sharing accessible eco-friendly practices with GreenCitizen's global readership. She enjoys birdwatching during her downtime, often deriving inspiration from nature's resilience. An enthusiastic cyclist, she is also an ardent advocate of eco-friendly transport.

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