September 22, 2023
A venture firm has ordered 10 eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) vehicles to provide rural emergency medical response to people in remote rural areas in Australia.
The flying vehicles from Jump Aero are designed to fly a professional with emergency equipment to unimproved landing zones in rural areas with the aim of reducing emergency response times.
Electro Ventures, an entrepreneur-led venture holdings company focused on sustainable innovation, already had been working with Jump Aero through Electro Aero, one of the venture firm’s companies.
"We are confident our experience and strong relationship with the regulator will be able to fast track commercial operations to provide this valuable capability to rural communities in Australia and neighboring countries,” said Joshua Portlock, founding innovation partner of Electro Ventures. “This commitment demonstrates the strength of our conviction in Jump Aero's high-speed Pulse aircraft design, technology and business model. We look forward to empowering superheroes and helping them save lives.”
Jump Aero recently received $3.6 million in contracts from the U.S. Air Force to accelerate the company’s technology development. Part of the funding is targeted to fund the first full-scale prototype.
The eVTOL company promises its flying vehicles can reach speeds up to 285 mph. The military backing came from the Air Force Research Laboratory, the primary scientific research and development center for the U.S. Air Force.
This is the second order for Jump Aero vehicles, following orders for the JA1 Pulse electric aerial vehicles (EAV) from Falck Ambulance Service.
As part of the deal, the venture firm intends to represent Jump Aero throughout the Asia Pacific region.
EAVs are being considered for numerous first responder services. For example, Volocopter, a Germany-based flying vehicle company, recently agreed to partner with Bristow Group in Houston, Texas, to build urban air mobility ecosystems, including using the flying vehicles for search and rescue and medevac.
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