EHang Holdings Limited announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Taiyuan Xishan Ecological Tourism Investment Construction Co. Ltd. to jointly develop the low-altitude economy in Taiyuan City, Shanxi Province, China. Concurrently with the signing of the MoU, Xishan Tourism has placed a purchase order for 50 units of EHang?s EH216-S pilotless electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, and has paid the total contract price of RMB 113 million (USD 15.6 million) to EHang.

Meanwhile, Xishan Tourism has signed a purchase plan agreement for an additional 450 units of EH216-S over the next two years. These aircraft will be deployed for aerial tourism, passenger transportation, and other low-altitude use cases to facilitate adoption and operations of pilotless eVTOL in North China. According to the MoU, EHang and Xishan Tourism will collaborate to develop a Low-Altitude Economy Industrial Park in Taiyuan, where they can establish EHang?s command-and-control center, marketing and exhibition center, operations center, after-sales service center, research institute, etc.

By combining EHang?s leading advantages and expertise in the low-altitude economy sector with Xishan Tourism?s rich cultural and tourism resources, the collaboration aims to establish the largest eVTOL UAM operation base in North China. EHang and Xishan Tourism plan to build EH216-S low-altitude sightseeing demonstration centers in the scenic areas of Xishan Mountain and Fenhe River in Taiyuan initially, with further plans to gradually expand pilotless eVTOLs application to Shanxi Province and North China to stimulate the growth of the low-altitude industry in the region. Shanxi Province has been designated as a national demonstration province for the development of the general aviation industry, and Taiyuan City is one of the national civil unmanned aviation demonstration zones that boast fertile ground for aviation as a conducive environment for the growth of low-altitude economy development.