New research from Revolution Aero, which monitors the electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) sector, has revealed that the industry has secured more than 4,600 orders since the first aircraft were unveiled less than a decade ago.

The study estimates that just over 1,000 of these were made pre-2021, around 1,950 in 2021 and there has been approximately 1,650 orders this year so far.

Revolution Aero, which hosted a conference on the sector in San Francisco this week, estimates the eVTOL companies Eve, EHang and Vertical have the largest order books to-date with over 1,250, 1,200 and 500 respectively.

US secures most orders

Revolution Aero’s analysis reveals that organisations from 19 countries have made orders for eVTOLs. Over 1,940 orders have come from organisations based in the US, followed by 1,000 eVTOLs scheduled to be delivered to Canada. Over 600 are destined for Europe and over 370 to Asia.

Of the eVTOL orders made so far, airlines have accounted for over 1,200, followed by medical operators (around 1,000 orders) lessors (over 700 orders) and helicopter operators (over 500 orders).

Organisations from the business aviation, car manufacturing, seaplane and package delivery sectors have also placed orders.

Revolution Aero’s analysis reveals deliveries are expected to be made from 2024 onwards. Where delivery dates have been provided, the bulk are for 2026.
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