Ohio is embracing its rich aviation history by looking to the future – Jetsons style!
The state just announced plans to build hundreds of flying taxis at a manufacturing site near Dayton International Airport.
Joby Aviation Inc. has been selected to build the electric air taxis, which will carry a pilot and four passengers. According to ABC News, the flying vehicles can reach speeds of up to 200 mph over a range of 100 miles.
It was a huge honor to stand alongside a bipartisan group of state, local, and federal Ohio leaders and announce our plan to build up to 500 aircraft per year in Dayton, the birthplace of flight.— Joby Aviation (@jobyaviation) September 19, 2023
Thanks to everyone who helped us get here – let’s build some electric aircraft! pic.twitter.com/vlGPbBic9M
“Ohio’s legacy in aviation leadership begins with the Wright Brothers and continues now with Joby Aviation, as they launch a new era in advanced aviation manufacturing and aerial mobility in Dayton,” Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said during a press release.
USA Today reports Joby plans to invest least $477.5 million and manufacture up to 500 vehicles a year. The project, slated to start manufacturing in 2025, will bring 2,000 jobs to the area.