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EHang launches 200kg payload cargo version of its 216 autonomous air vehicle

EHang Holdings Limited on 30 September launched the logistics version of its flagship product EHang 216 – the “EHang 216L”, for short-to-medium-haul air logistics in both urban and rural areas.  The EHang 216L features a payload of 200kg, which, to the Ehang’s knowledge, is the largest for multi-rotor AAVs for aerial logistics.

According to a company press statement:

“The EHang 216L employs a fully redundant safety design and particularly, a distributed electric propulsion configuration consisting of eight arms and 16 independent motors and propellers.  The design delivers the key characteristics for which EHang is known: safety, autopiloting, cluster management, interconnection and clean energy. With such a payload, the EHang 216L opens up more commercial opportunities for the company in various urban and rural short-to-medium-haul aerial logistics use cases that require frequent and point-to-point flight tasks.  For example, in mountainous areas with poor road conditions, the EHang 216L can more quickly and efficiently transport agricultural products (e.g. tea, fruit, etc.) to help boost the local economy.  The EHang 216L can be deployed to deliver supplies and oil samples for offshore oil rigs autonomously, replenish supplies in busy international ports more efficiently, and especially, can be a powerful tool in time-critical missions such as aerial emergency supply transportation and disaster relief in a more automatic and large-scale manner, etc.

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