Carbon fiber air taxis

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Toray Advanced Composites has finalised a long-term supply agreement with California-based Joby Aviation to supply carbon fiber composite material for its range of its electric air taxis.

Joby’s electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft has a range of up to 150 miles and a top speed of 200 mph.

According to the company, electric aircraft require materials that have high strength and are very lightweight, and carbon fiber composite materials can provide the strength-to-weight ratio required to maximize the range and speed of the aircraft. Carbon fiber materials are used throughout the vehicle structure, propulsion systems, and interior components, Toray said.

‘We are very pleased to have finalized this important supply agreement with Joby Aviation, a pioneer in the development of the eVTOL,’ says Toshiyuki Kondo, CEO, Toray Advanced Composites. ‘As children, we dreamed of being able to fly to a destination in a fraction of the time it would take to drive. That is no longer a fantasy. The electric air taxi is becoming a reality and we at Toray are perfectly positioned to meet the industry’s needs today and in the future.’

This story uses material from Toray, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.