Overair is the latest eVTOL company to work to bring urban air mobility to Los Angeles
Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) developer Overair has announced a partnership with Urban Movement Labs (UML) to help accelerate Urban Air Mobility (UAM) in the Los Angeles metro area. The partnership is one of many with UML working with the City of Los Angeles to eventually implement eVTOL technology.
Overair is an advanced air mobility specialist based in Santa Ana, California, spun off from Karem Aircraft in 2020. The Overair team used their decades of combined aerospace experience to develop their flagship eVTOL – Butterfly, which initially launched in 2021.
If and when the Butterfly eVTOL reaches actual production, Overair hopes it can serve as an alternative transportation to congested metropolitan areas like Los Angeles. Its current design can carry five passengers plus a pilot, or 1,100 pounds of cargo.
Using currently commercially available battery cells, Overair’s current iteration of the Butterfly eVTOL will be able to reach a top speed of 200 mph and travel approximately 100 miles on a single charge. Currently, however, the butterfly only flies on paper, as it remains a rendering. More recently, the Overair team completed full-scale propulsion tests, so they are making progress.
Long before eVTOLs begin commercial production or operation in US cities like Los Angeles, government issues such as infrastructure, safety, and regulations will all need to be addressed. This is where a partner like Urban Movement Labs comes in.
Overair joins UML to become eVTOL in Los Angeles
eVTOL announced its new partnership with Urban Movement Labs in A press release today, joining the latter’s cause to bring urban air mobility to Los Angeles.
This will include Overair’s participation in the Urban Air Mobility Partnership – a public-private partnership launched by UML to educate and engage Los Angeles residents towards eVTOL integration as early as 2023.
In addition to sharing information on UAM’s operational and infrastructural development, Overair will help plan potential industry workforce opportunities. Additionally, the eVTOL developer will investigate potential noise pollution from eVTOLs in the Los Angeles area. Overair co-founder and CEO Ben Tigner spoke about the new partnership:
Our partnership with Urban Movement Labs is a step forward on the path to our future operations. The Los Angeles metro area can greatly benefit from advanced air mobility, given the daily increase in commute times in Southern California. Working with UML on planning efforts grounded in community engagement, we are well on our way to providing reliable, affordable, equitable, and sustainable transportation options to the City of Los Angeles and surrounding areas.
Overair joins other eVTOL companies, such as Volocopter, in partnership with UML. Last September, Volocopter announced a partnership with UML alongside plans to launch its VoloCity eVTOL taxi in the United States, starting in Los Angeles. As more UAM companies clamor for the opportunity to take flight in Southern California, UML will continue to work with the community and municipal government to make our shared dream a reality.
Overair says its team is growing rapidly and the company plans to begin commercial operation of the Butterfly eVTOL in 2026.
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