Urban air mobility JV to facilitate smart cities in Thailand

Agreement between EHang and Thai conglomerate Charoen Pokphand Group sets the foundations for a range of potential use cases including city air taxis and last-mile delivery.

Autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) company EHang has formed a strategic partnership with Thailand conglomerate Charoen Pokphand Group (CP Group) to establish a joint venture in Thailand for sales and urban air mobility (UAM) operations.

The partnership opens up cross-sector cooperation opportunities for both sides with potential use cases for EHang AAVs in areas such as smart city management, city air taxis, aerial sightseeing and logistics, including last-mile delivery.

Sustainable urban air mobility

The two parties intend to combine their expertise to collaborate on AAV product sales and marketing, regulatory compliance, business development, infrastructure deployment and talent creation for future safe and sustainable UAM operations in Thailand as well as overseas markets.

As a leading tech and innovative multinational conglomerate based in Thailand with investments in 21 countries and economies, CP Group comprises eight business lines and 14 business groups, covering various sectors of agriculture-industry and food, retail and distribution, media and telecommunications, e-commerce and digital, property development, automotive and industrial products and pharmaceuticals.

“EHang’s innovative technologies are of great significance, which can be applied to various fields including tourism, logistics, healthcare, disaster mitigation and agriculture,” said Jiraporn Sudanich, consul-general of the Royal Thai Consulate-General in Guangzhou.

“I believe that the cooperation between EHang and CP Group will enrich the industrial chain of robotic technology in Thailand, and I also expect to see EHang bring new vitality to the development of Thailand’s technology industry in the future.”

Thanakorn Seriburi, senior vice chairman of CP Group, added: “We’ve made a step further toward our commitment to driving our businesses, society, and the environment closer to sustainability and exploring a new zero-carbon air mobility mode for the community.”

“I believe our partnership will further create synergies among CP Group’s industrial, aviation, smart city, food, retail, pharmaceutical and other business lines, and will unlock opportunities on a diversified UAM ecosystem and facilitate the development of smart cities in Thailand.”

EHang is expanding its footprint in Asian markets with customers and partners in Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia as well as Thailand.

“We are thrilled to partner with CP Group to introduce EHang AAVs to Thailand, one of the largest Southeast Asian markets with great potential for UAM operations,” said Huazhi Hu, EHang founder, chairman and CEO.

“We will work with CP Group, which has a wealth of comprehensive business strengths in their local markets, on extensive and sustainable cooperation in various fields, to take the lead in bringing safe, autonomous and eco-friendly air mobility to Thai industries and society.”

Source: smartcitiesworld.net