InterGlobe Partners with Archer Aviation to Bring Electric Air Taxis to India
InterGlobe Enterprises and Archer Aviation Inc. have agreed to work together to start and run a new kind of taxi service in India that uses electric planes that can fly up and down. They need to get permission from the government first.
Rahul Bhatia from InterGlobe and Nikhil Goel from Archer signed a paper to make this plan possible. They want to give people a fast and cheap way to travel in the city that is also good for the environment and does not make much noise.
They will work with other businesses in India to use Archer’s planes, pay for and build places where the planes can land and take off, and train people to fly and work with the planes. They also plan to buy up to 200 of Archer’s planes for the India service. Archer’s planes are called Midnight, and they can carry four people. They can fly very quickly and do not need much time to charge.
They want to make it possible for a person to fly from Connaught Place in Delhi to Gurugram, which usually takes an hour or more by car, in just 7 minutes.
They also want to use electric planes for other things in India, like carrying goods, helping people who need medical help, and letting people rent them for private or business trips.
Rahul Bhatia, Group Managing Director of InterGlobe, said: “Over the last two decades, InterGlobe has provided safe, efficient, and affordable transportation to hundreds of millions of Indians across the country. We are excited at this new opportunity of bringing an effective, futuristic and sustainable transport solution by introducing Archer’s electric aircraft to India.”
“I founded Archer with the vision to help decongest the world’s largest cities. India is one of, if not the largest opportunity for eVTOL aircraft utilization in the world, as it is home to the world’s largest population of over 1.4 billion people and its largest cities face some of the greatest congestion challenges in the world,” commented Archer’s CEO and Founder, Adam Goldstein, “Archer’s all-electric Midnight aircraft is designed to provide a revolutionary transportation solution that can help address these congestion issues.”
Nikhil Goel, Chief Commercial Officer of Archer Aviation, added: “At Archer, our goal is to make cities greener, smarter, more efficient places to live. We couldn’t be more excited to be partnering with Rahul and the InterGlobe team to bring our Midnight aircraft to Indian cities and fundamentally transform mobility across the country, with the goal of starting with Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru.”
Many cities in the world are too crowded and it takes a long time to travel by road. The number of people living in cities will grow even more in the future. Archer’s electric planes are a new and better way to travel in the city that is safe and good for the environment. India is a big and growing economy and it can benefit from this new way of transport.
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