Joby Aviation has announced their new manufacturing facility for all-electric, vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) air taxis will be located at the Dayton International Airport. The announcement, made alongside Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and JobsOhio President and CEO J.P. Nauseef, stated that Joby will invest at least $477.5 million at their first scaled production site.
“When fully executed, the agreement and the forward vision Joby has shared today will mark the largest aviation job creation deal in Ohio history,” said Nauseef.
The facility, to be located on a 140-acre site, will create up to 2,000 new jobs and build, test and fly the eVTOL aircraft; it is expected to come online in 2025, with construction slated to begin next year.
Joby plans to manufacture up to 500 air taxis per year, with the ultimate goal of operating them as part of aerial ridesharing networks. The flying taxis will accommodate a pilot and four passengers, and they will be capable of reaching speeds of up to 200 miles per hour.
"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,” said DeWine.