Joby Aviation invests $500M in Ohio to build air taxis

Joby Aviation selects Dayton, Ohio, for its $500 million air taxi manufacturing facility, creating 2,000 jobs and celebrating aviation heritage.
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Joby's first eVTOL
Joby's first eVTOL

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Dayton, Ohio, the birthplace of aviation, was chosen for Joby's first scaled manufacturing facility, set to create up to 2,000 jobs.

In a groundbreaking move, Joby Aviation has unveiled plans to build its first scaled aircraft production facility in Dayton, Ohio, a city steeped in aviation history. The announcement marks a significant step in developing electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft for commercial passenger service. Here's a closer look at the manufacturing and economic upsides of Joby's investment in Dayton.

Dayton, Ohio, holds a special place in aviation history as the home of the Wright Brothers, the pioneers of powered flight. Joby's decision to establish its manufacturing facility here is a testament to the city's aviation legacy. The 140-acre site at Dayton International Airport will be the first serial production location for Joby, capable of delivering up to 500 aircraft per year. This move represents a pivotal shift from the prototype stage to full-scale production, with construction set to commence in 2024 and operations in 2025.

Job creation, investments, and clean energy project support

The establishment of Joby's manufacturing facility in Dayton is expected to impact the local economy significantly. The company plans to invest up to $500 million in the facility, and the State of Ohio, JobsOhio, and local political subdivisions have offered incentives and benefits totaling up to $325 million. This funding will support the facility's construction and lead to the creation of approximately 2,000 jobs.

Joby Aviation invests $500M in Ohio to build air taxis
A rendering of Joby's Ohio facility

Joby's commitment to sustainability extends to its facility development. The U.S. Department of Energy has invited Joby to apply for a Title XVII loan supporting clean energy projects. This financial backing aligns with Joby's vision of providing emissions-free flights, emphasizing their dedication to responsible aviation.

Joby's vision and partnerships

JoeBen Bevirt, Founder and CEO of Joby, expressed his enthusiasm for this historic move, saying, "We're building the future of aviation right where it all started, in Dayton, Ohio. The Wright Brothers harnessed revolutionary technology of their time to open up the skies, and we intend to do the same — this time, bringing quiet and emissions-free flight that we hope will have an equally profound impact on our world."

Joby Aviation invests $500M in Ohio to build air taxis
Joby's first eVTOL off the production line

Joby's vision for the future includes operating eVTOL aircraft as part of aerial ridesharing networks in cities worldwide, starting in 2025. Their partnerships with industry giants like Toyota, Delta Air Lines, Intel, and Uber showcase their commitment to innovation and scaling the air taxi concept.

A celebration of aviation heritage

To mark this significant announcement, an event was held at Hawthorn Hill, the home of Orville Wright, and concluded with a ceremonial flypast of a replica Model "B" Flyer, the world's first production airplane. This celebration reinforces the deep connection between Joby's pioneering efforts and the rich aviation heritage of Dayton.

In summary, Joby Aviation's decision to establish a manufacturing facility in Dayton, Ohio, is a meaningful step towards revolutionizing urban transportation with electric air taxis. It brings together a historic aviation location, economic growth through job creation, and a commitment to clean energy, making it a milestone for aviation history and sustainable transportation.

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