Joby Aviation, a company developing electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft for commercial passenger service, plans to locate its first scaled aircraft production facility in Dayton, Ohio, the birthplace of aviation.
The Wright Brothers, who invented and flew the first powered aircraft, lived and worked in Dayton and opened the first airplane factory in the United States there in 1910. The city is also home to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the headquarters of the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratories which has played a key role in supporting Joby’s development.
Joby plans to build a facility capable of delivering up to 500 aircraft per year at the Dayton International Airport, supporting up to 2,000 jobs. The 140-acre site it has selected has the potential to support significant further growth over time, providing enough land to build up to two million square feet of manufacturing space. Construction of the scaled Ohio facility is expected to start in 2024 and it is expected to come online in 2025. Joby plans to use existing nearby buildings to begin near-term operations.
The State of Ohio, JobsOhio and local political subdivisions have offered incentives and benefits of up to US$325 million to support the development of the facility, while Joby plans to invest up to US$500 million as it scales operations at the site. Joby has also been invited by the U.S. Department of Energy to submit a Part II Application for financing under the Title XVII Loan Guarantee Programme, which provides access to low-interest loans for clean energy projects and would support the scaling of the facility.
Joby’s long-term investor, Toyota, who worked with Joby on the design and successful launch of the company’s Pilot Production Line in Marina, California, plans to continue to advise Joby as it prepares for scaled production of its commercial passenger air taxi in Ohio. (£1.00 = US$1.25 at time of publication).