EHang 216


Quick Summary

The Ehang 216 is the largest autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) that Ehang, a Chinese company with a large wealth of experience in drone manufacturing, has designed and flown to date. Ehang mostly specializes in smaller drone technologies, but has literally scaled their experience and product with the 216. The 216 has conducted successful flight tests in extreme environments, including a typhoon, and has hosted numerous public demonstration flights. Ehang is quite popular in China and is rapidly spreading their global influence, having conducted demonstration flights in Asia, the middle east, Europe, and North America to date.



Ehang, based in Guangzhou, China.







Stage of Development

Preliminary Design


Prototype Build

Flight Testing

Certification

Commercially Operating
Technical Details

Flight Endurance: 25min (est)

Lift: 16 rotors (8 dual rotors)

Empty Weight: 360 kg

Flight Speed: 130 km/h

Cruising altitude: 500 m (AGL)

Charging Time: 1 hr

Max Takeoff Weight: 600 kg

Rated Payload: 220 kg

Materials

Main frame: Reinforced composite material with carbon fiber and epoxy

Other components: aerial aluminum alloy

Shape

Wingspan: 5.61m

Height: 1.77m

Width: 4m

Interior

Seat Depth: 395mm

Seatback Height: 860mm

Seatback angle: 95 degrees

Storage capacity: 18-inch backpack



Our Take on the EHang 216


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 has rapidly filled a large product line and advanced drone technology in that time frame, despite being a relative newcomer to the aerospace industry when compared with other larger OEM's. Their strength in relationships with with Chinese local and national government officials and the CAAC has aided their progress, including the facilitation of a pilot program that offers limited aerial mobility operations in select cities along coastal China. 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.