Chinese autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) company EHang Holdings Limited has started the retrofitting process of its existing building to be the home of its flying car assembly lines.

The retrofit of the facility, located in Yunfu, China, is set to be completed in the second quarter of this year and will include a computer numerical control (CNC) processing center, a painting workshop and a carbon fiber composite materials processing area as well as a research and training center and an outdoor flight test vertiport.

When finished, the facility will play a major role in EHang’s flagship flying cars including the EH216 series of passenger-grade AAVs with a planned initial annual capacity of 600 units. The 24,000 square meter facility can scale up to increase support for the market as demand expands, EHang said. The EH216 AAV is planned to be the first flying aerial vehicle that will be in commercial production at the facility.

EHang has been developing flying cars for airtaxis or other autonomous transportation for the past few years including being one of the first company’s to transport an actual human in an airtaxi over China in 2019. The Chinese aerospace vendor also received safety Level 2 certification aircraft, demonstrating both the passenger grade EHang 216 and the non-passenger grade EHang Falcon that can automatically sense a UAS geofence via alert and avoid it by hovering.

The company plans to host an Investor Day event at the Yunfu Facility in June to show the capabilities of the facility.

The existing production facility, which is the EHang headquarters in Guangzhou, spans a total area of 8,750 square meters and houses production processes for airtaxis. After the Yunfu facility is up and running, the Guangzhou facility will switch focus to support expanding new products and R&D efforts.

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