Ehang 184


Quick Summary

The Ehang 184 is the largest vehicle that Ehang, a Chinese company, has manufactured to date. Ehang mostly specializes in smaller drone technologies, but has literally scaled their experience and product with the 184. The 184 has conducted successful flight tests in extreme environments, including a typhoon, and has hosted numerous public demonstration flights. Ehang is quite popular in China, but has not had the global presence that some other companies (such as Volocopter) have pursued in their marketing campaigns.



Ehang, based in Guangzhou, China.







Stage of Development

Preliminary Design


Prototype Build

Flight Testing

Certification

Commercially Operating
Technical Details

Flight Endurance: 25min

Aircraft Gross Weight: 260kg

Flight Speed: 100km/h

Cruising altitude: 500m (AGL)

Charging Time: 1 hr

Rated Payload: 100kg

Materials

Main frame: Reinforced composite material with carbon fiber and epoxy

Other components: aerial aluminum alloy

Shape

Length: 3.99m

Height: 1.45m

Width: 4m

Camera: 1pc (Downward-facing)

Interior

Seat Depth: 395mm

Seatback Height: 860mm

Seatback angle: 95 degrees

Storage capacity: 18-inch backpack



Our Take on the Ehang 184


Ehang boasts more drone building experience than most other eVTOL manufacturers, and seemed to have benefited from approaching the eVTOL design process by scaling up their previous drone projects, designing an autonomous vehicle from the start, and conducting rigorous testing early and often. The company is only 4 years old, and has rapidly filled a large product line and advanced drone technology in that time frame. Their apparent good relationships with Chinese local and national government officials seems to also aid their progress. Given the huge emerging market for on-demand transportation in China, and Asia in general, Ehang has great potential to make a huge impact on the way people move. Furthermore, the recent explosion of ride-sharing services like Uber and Grab in Asia will aid in shifting public sentiment toward accepting on-demand transportation, regardless of mode.