Electric Air Taxi Company Archer Pledges to Build $118M Factory in Georgia The company intends to produce 650 electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft per year at the site near Atlanta, and employ up to 1,000 people.

Electric Air Taxi Company Archer Pledges to Build $118M Factory in Georgia

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

Archer Aviation, a California company focused on building electric air taxis, just announced it will spend $118 million dollars to build a new plant near Atlanta, GA that will eventually employ up to 1,000 people.

Archer is currently working to build electric air taxis, small aircraft that would be used primarily for short flights in urban areas. Archer’s craft are designed to hold four passengers and a pilot, and will fly using six propellers. Those propellers will pivot, allowing the aircraft to takeoff and land vertically like a helicopter, but fly like a plane.

Archer intends for their craft to be used for short flights in urban areas – and they’ve already inked a partnership with United Airlines to ferry passengers from downtown Manhattan to United’s hub at Newark International Airport in New Jersey. The new service would only take 10 minutes to make the trip, instead of the hour it currently takes by car.

The announcement follows an earlier investment by United, a $10-million-dollar deposit to purchase 100 aircraft from Archer for a total of $1 billion.

Archer expects to receive approximately $40 million in incentives from the State of Georgia, including the donation of 96 acres of land adjacent to Covington Municipal Airport. Georgia Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson said economic recruiters focused on aerospace had worked with Archer, noting “technology and innovation continue to drive change across strategic industries.”

“Our eVTOL technology can transform how urban and rural communities live and commute,” Archer CEO Adam Goldstein said in a statement, “and this factory can create pathways to highly skilled manufacturing jobs and other ladders of social and economic opportunity.”

Archer publicly unveiled its production aircraft, Midnight on Thursday, November 18th. The company is still in the process of seeking certification from the Federal Aviation Administration for the aircraft.