Archer, Stellantis to Display Midnight eVTOL at Paris Air Show

Company plans to debut production aircraft in 2025 but said EASA rules could make certification difficult.

Archer expects its Midnight eVTOL to begin commercial service in 2025. [Courtesy: Archer Aviation]

The eVTOL maker Archer Aviation (NYSE: ACHR) and its manufacturing partner Stellantis N.V. said they will attend the Paris Air Show, which begins on June 19, to report on their progress toward large-scale production of Archer’s Midnight eVTOL aircraft.

The companies said the Midnight aircraft will be the featured eVTOL aircraft at the show, with a prominent display spot at the center of the Air Mobility event. The show’s air mobility program assembling is aimed at bringing together people involved in the mobility sector for three days of discussions regarding the development of advanced air mobility and how it might affect the wider aerospace industry.   

Archer said its partnership with Stellantis, an automotive company, is unique and “will leverage each company’s respective strengths and competencies to bring the Midnight aircraft to market at scale.” Archer also said working with Stellantis and making use of the company’s manufacturing technology, employees, and capital will allow the startup to avoid hundreds of millions of dollars in expenses during the ramp-up to production. 

Separately, Archer CEO Adam Goldstein reportedly said the European Union Aviation Safety Agency’s certification rules are too strict and make it difficult to bring new eVTOL designs to market. 

The electric air taxi sector could fail as a result, he said according to an interview in the Financial Times. Archer has not responded to a request for comment. 

Archer has said it plans to begin operating its eVTOLs commercially in 2025 following test flights this year.

Jonathan Welsh is a private pilot who worked as a reporter, editor and columnist with the Wall Street Journal for 21 years, mostly covering the auto industry. His passion for aviation began in childhood with balsa-wood gliders his aunt would buy for him at the corner store. Follow Jonathan on Twitter @JonathanWelsh4

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