Embraer announced the formation of a new subsidiary called Eve Urban Air Mobility Solutions that will oversee all aspects of the Eve eVTOL aircraft program.
The U.S.-based EmbraerX division of Brazilian aerospace group Embraer is making plans for its first eVTOL aircraft. In April 2017, Embraer was announced as a partner by Uber for its planned Uber Air ride-share program.
As of August 2020, it had provided almost no information about this program, beyond showing a design for what is expected to be a four-seat, all-electric vehicle. This showed eight propellers attached to what appeared to be four beams connected to a pair of narrow, parallel wings protruding from the top of the fuselage, presumably to provide vertical lift. At the rear of the aircraft, there is a pair of ducted fans for cruise flight.
On July 27, 2020, the company filed a U.S. trademark application for a product called Eve by EmbraerX. The application described this as "an electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle that can transport people." Previously, the company had used the working title of DreamMaker for the program and, during 2019, appeared to be holding a competition to come up with an alternative name.
During the same month, Embraer also reported that it had begun using a flight simulator to evaluate flight control parameters and control laws for the aircraft.
EmbraerX has been working with air traffic control providers, pilots, and other experts to devise plans for urban airspace management that also involve its Atech subsidiary.
It would appear that EmbraerX's eVTOL ambitions have survived the recent budget cuts enforced in the wake of Boeing's decision to walk away from a long-planned merger with Embraer. This was confirmed in October 2020, when Embraer announced the formation of a new subsidiary called Eve Urban Air Mobility Solutions, which will oversee all aspects of the program.