ZEVA AERO

Zero-Emissions Vertical Aircraft

ZEVA AERO

Zero-Emissions Vertical Aircraft

Closing in 12 days
Tacoma, WA
Transportation
Clean Technology
We design and build electric aircraft for true point to point travel. Our larger mission is to fundamentally transform the way people get around by providing sustainable air vehicles for daily personal use - giving everyone the freedom to fly everyday.

$164,660

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$56.1M
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$200.00
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$164,660

raised
234
Investors
$56.1M
Valuation
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Price per Share
$200.00
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$1.07M
Offering Max
12
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Reasons to Invest

MARKET OPPORTUNITY: Analysts and transportation industry leaders predict incredible growth in the coming years, with Morgan Stanley predicting “eVTOL aircraft could be as transformative as automobiles were in the early 20th century.”
LEADERSHIP: ZEVA’s founding team delivers decades of experience leading teams of engineers and managing multi-million dollar R&D budgets to develop and mass-produce electronics at both start-ups and multinational corporations.
TRACTION: ZEVA has a full-scale working prototype and is now performing flight tests, which puts us ahead of most entities in the eVTOL space. ZEVA’s aircraft configuration is patent-pending and we will be ready for pre-orders soon.

Overview


Zero-Emission, Electric, Vertical Aircraft

ZEVA is bringing personal air transportation to everyone - with an affordable, electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft called the ZERO. ZEVA is currently flight-testing a full-scale prototype.


We believe this will be the fastest way to get anywhere within a 50-mile radius, by traveling over 160 miles per hour.

*The above is a rendering of a future product. Images are computer-generated demo versions. Product is still currently under development.


Initially, ZEVA will sell vehicles to emergency first responder markets, where getting a medic on scene faster can mean the difference between life and death. 


And we don't stop there. We are working on making ZERO fully autonomous so anyone can safely fly - even without a pilot's license.

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*The above is a rendering of a future product. Images are computer generated demo versions. Product is still currently under development.

The Problem


As Cities Grow, So Does Traffic 

In 2020, 55% of people lived in cities, but by 2050, this number is estimated to grow to 68% with over 6.3 billion people living in metro areas (source). 


With the world population increasing in metro areas, surface transportation and infrastructure becomes more and more challenging.  

(Source)


ZEVA addresses this challenge by opening up the third dimension for short-range travel - air vehicles that can take off and land anywhere and cruise at a high speed.


The Solution


Zeva Aero Designs and Builds Personal Air Vehicles

ZEVA’s solution is a personal air vehicle designed to move humans at high speed from point-A to point-B. 


This is made possible by our patent-pending aircraft configuration. When our vehicles cruise through the air at the right attitude - the wing-body creates lift. 


This quality gives us differentiating performance in speed, range, and simplicity - all in a compact, elegant form.

*The above is a rendering of a future product. Images are computer generated demo versions. Product is still currently under development.

The Market


Skyrocketing Opportunity 

We firmly believe that eVTOL vehicles will lead to the largest market opportunity of our lifetimes. This is a nascent market and a paradigm shift.

There is little historical market information for these types of vehicles, yet the analysts have predicted incredible growth:


  1. Frost & Sullivan - 430,000 urban air taxis in operation by 2040 (source).

  2. Morgan Stanley - The market for flying cars, now known as electric air taxis, should continue to mature during this decade, soaring to $1.5 trillion globally by 2040 (source).

  1. Market Research Future - eVTOL Aircraft Market to Expand at 30.30% CAGR to Attain Valuation of USD 4,063.3 Million by 2030 (source).

Our Traction


Making Headway

ZEVA has completed a full scale working prototype and is currently performing flight tests, which puts us ahead of most of the entities in the eVTOL space. 


We designed and built this craft in-house - from custom battery packs, to the beautiful carbon fiber body. 

As we continue testing, we’re also prioritizing building and maintaining relationships with manufacturing partners and early adopters. Firefighters, medics, security, prime contractors, and special operations personnel alike have expressed major interest in our product.

*The above is a rendering of a future product. Images are computer generated demo versions. Product is still currently under development.

What We Do


We Create Point-to-Point Travel

The key highlights of ZEVA ZERO:


  • Zero emissions - green transportation
  • Inexpensive to produce
  • Blended wing-body provides lift while being compact and lowers aerodynamic drag
  • Pure simplicity - no complicated tilting mechanisms
  • The entire vehicle transitions from hover to cruise mode
  •  Pending patent claims for our vehicle configuration, SkyDockTM eVTOL docking system, and projectable warning light landing zone system.

*The above is a rendering of a future product. Images are computer generated demo versions. Product is still currently under development.

The Business Model


ZEVA Will Soon Sell Autonomous Flight Tech

We anticipate emergency first responder and DoD-oriented vehicles will sell for $250,000 with a cost of goods sold around $120,000


Our goal is to sell 500 vehicles by 2025 into these markets - providing a total revenue of $125 million dollars. 

*The above is a rendering of a future product. Images are computer-generated demo versions. Product is still currently under development. The COGS and Gross Profit figures mentioned above are based on future projections.

Then it gets really exciting. We are well on our way to full autonomous flight technology, so that consumers can also use ZERO to revolutionize their travel.


We will drive down the cost of the vehicles through economies of scale in order to penetrate the consumer market.

How We Are Different


Fast, Strong, Flexible

We definitely stand out among our competitors. We are:


  1. Faster (160 mph)

  2. Longer range (50 miles on a charge)

  3. Compact design (8.5ft x 8.5ft x 8.5ft, fits in a parking space)

*The above is a rendering of a future product. Images are computer-generated demo versions. Product is still currently under development. *The above information is based on internal research and management's experience.

This was achieved through our blended wing-body design and octocopter layout. This patent-pending configuration provides wing-borne lift during cruise and yet is compact enough to fit into a standard car parking space. 


We believe the elegance and simplicity of the design will make the ZERO less expensive to manufacture, thus providing an attractive selling price.

The Vision


ZEVA in Every Garage by 2040

In 3 years, we believe ZEVA will dominate the single person eVTOL sales into the emergency services and defense markets.


And in the 5th year, we will plan to pivot to the consumer space. 


By 2040, we hope to put a ZEVA in every garage or hangar. 

OUR LEADERSHIP


A Tenacious Team of Innovators

The founding members of ZEVA are a multi-disciplinary team of engineers, designers, artificial intelligence researchers, composite specialists, aerodynamicists, technicians, pilots, and industrial designers. 


Our leadership has decades of experience leading teams of engineers and managing multi-million dollar R&D budgets to develop and mass-produce electronics at both start-ups and multinational corporations. 


We recently moved into our new 14,000 sq ft Flight Test Facility to continue indoor tethered flight testing. We brought with us all the assets and equipment from our 5,000 sq ft prototyping lab including:


  • 3D Printers (capable of printing carbon fiber composites)
  • CNC Machines
  • Electrical and Electronics Lab Equipment
  • Computing and Network Resources
  • A Full Wood Shop and Metal Shop

All of which has allowed us to rapidly iterate solutions as we test and perfect our full-scale prototype.

Why Invest


Soaring into the Future of Transportation 

ZEVA exists to fundamentally change the way people get around. Through our experienced team, our ability to saturate the market, and our innovative, patent-pending, affordable design, we are confident we have what it takes to help transform  the transportation industry in our lifetimes – and tap into a potentially $1.5 trillion market opportunity.


We are dedicated to helping you experience the freedom of everyday, autonomous flight. Come fly with us.

*The above is a rendering of a future product. Images are computer generated demo versions. Product is still currently under development.

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In the Press

TransportUP

A write-up assessing ZEVA's place in the eVTOL ecosystem.

Northwest Aerospace News

As the Crow Flies - ZEVA AERO's personal aircraft ZERO offers point-to-point transportation for humans

Offering Summary


Company

:

ZEVA, Inc.

Corporate Address

:

1128 St Paul Ave Bay #1, Tacoma, WA 98421

Offering Minimum

:

$10,000.00

Offering Maximum

:

$1,070,000.00

Minimum Investment Amount

(per investor)

:

$200.00











Terms


Offering Type

:

Equity

Security Name

:

Common Stock

Minimum Number of Shares Offered

:

2,500

Maximum Number of Shares Offered

:

267,500

Price per Share

:

$4.00

Pre-Money Valuation

:

$56,104,020.00











*Maximum Number of Shares Offered subject to adjustment for bonus shares. See Bonus info below.

Company Perks*

Time-Based Perks:

Friends and Family

Invest within the first 72 hours and receive 15% bonus shares.

Super Early Bird

Invest within the first week and receive 10% bonus shares.

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Invest within the first two weeks and receive 5% bonus shares.

Amount-Based Perks:

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*All perks occur when the offering is completed.

The 10% StartEngine Owners' Bonus

ZEVA, Inc., will offer 10% additional bonus shares for all investments that are committed by investors that are eligible for the StartEngine Crowdfunding Inc. OWNer's bonus.

This means eligible StartEngine shareholders will receive a 10% bonus for any shares they purchase in this offering. For example, if you buy 100 shares of Common Stock at $4.00 / share, you will receive 110 shares of Common Stock, meaning you'll own 110 shares for $400.00. Fractional shares will not be distributed and share bonuses will be determined by rounding down to the nearest whole share.

This 10% Bonus is only valid during the investors eligibility period. Investors eligible for this bonus will also have priority if they are on a waitlist to invest and the company surpasses its maximum funding goal. They will have the first opportunity to invest should room in the offering become available if prior investments are cancelled or fail.

Investors will only receive a single bonus, which will be the highest bonus rate they are eligible for.

Voting Rights of Securities Sold in this Offering

Voting Proxy. Each Subscriber shall appoint the Chief Executive Officer of the Company (the “CEO”), or his or her successor, as the Subscriber’s true and lawful proxy and attorney, with the power to act alone and with full power of substitution, to, consistent with this instrument and on behalf of the Subscriber, (i) vote all Securities, (ii) give and receive notices and communications, (iii) execute any instrument or document that the CEO determines is necessary or appropriate in the exercise of its authority under this instrument, and (iv) take all actions necessary or appropriate in the judgment of the CEO for the accomplishment of the foregoing. The proxy and power granted by the Subscriber pursuant to this Section are coupled with an interest. Such proxy and power will be irrevocable. The proxy and power, so long as the Subscriber is an individual, will survive the death, incompetency and disability of the Subscriber and, so long as the Subscriber is an entity, will survive the merger or reorganization of the Subscriber or any other entity holding the Securities. However, the Proxy will terminate upon the closing of a firm-commitment underwritten public offering pursuant to an effective registration statement under the Securities Act of 1933 covering the offer and sale of Common Stock or the effectiveness of a registration statement under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 covering the Common Stock.

Irregular Use of Proceeds

The Company might incur Irregular Use of Proceeds that may include but are not limited to the following over $10,000: Vendor payments.

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Most recent fiscal year-end:
Prior fiscal year-end:
Total Assets
$10,671.00 USD
$44,144.00 USD
Cash And Cash Equivalents
$5,262.00 USD
$16,983.00 USD
Accounts Receivable
$724.00 USD
$0.00 USD
Short Term Debt
$77,422.00 USD
$60,760.00 USD
Long Term Debt
$186,900.00 USD
$65,411.00 USD
Revenues And Sales
$127,239.00 USD
$205,245.00 USD
Costs Of Goods Sold
$15,190.00 USD
$33,237.00 USD
Taxes Paid
$0.00 USD
$0.00 USD
Net Income
-$201,337.00 USD
-$49,247.00 USD

Risks

A crowdfunding investment involves risk. You should not invest any funds in this offering unless you can afford to lose your entire investment. In making an investment decision, investors must rely on their own examination of the issuer and the terms of the offering, including the merits and risks involved. These securities have not been recommended or approved by any federal or state securities commission or regulatory authority. Furthermore, these authorities have not passed upon the accuracy or adequacy of this document. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission does not pass upon the merits of any securities offered or the terms of the offering, nor does it pass upon the accuracy or completeness of any offering document or literature. These securities are offered under an exemption from registration; however, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has not made an independent determination that these securities are exempt from registration.


Updates

2 weeks left to invest!

1 day ago

Our equity crowdfunding campaign here on StartEngine ends in 14 days! 

Starting at just $200, you can fund the most efficient mode of travel with an electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft that's affordable, compact, green, and fast. 

INVEST NOW 

Why we believe solo travel is the future of commuting

3 days ago

73% of commuters travel solo — so we built a personal eVTOL aircraft perfect for commuting. And ZEVA is bringing personal air transportation to everyone with an affordable, electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft called the ZERO. 

We believe this will be the fastest way to get anywhere within a 50-mile radius, by traveling over 160 miles per hour. Join our team to fund the most efficient mode of travel with a massive reduction of commute times and a cleaner, more beautiful environment for everyone. 

INVEST NOW

Historic first test flight a huge success!

7 days ago

On Sunday, Jan. 9, ZEVA successfully achieved its first controlled, untethered flight test for its full-scale ZEVA ZERO flying wing airframe utilizing its eight zero-emission electric propellers. This critical milestone is a huge inflection point on ZEVA’s path to achieving FAA airworthiness certification. 

Watch video of the taxiing flight test here:

Up next, ZEVA will continue taxiing flight tests, and advance to low-altitude hover testing this spring before moving to transition flight testing, which will fine-tune the unique Superman-like trajectory of the aircraft design.

Don’t miss out: There are less than three weeks left to invest in the future of personal air transportation.

INVEST NOW

Why does ZEVA's aircraft look like a flying saucer?

9 days ago

The ZEVA ZERO is clearly a unique vehicle. Wondering why we chose that “flying saucer” design for our aircraft? 


When Team ZEVA set out to design the ZERO, we knew we needed to solve two big problems: 

(1) generating enough lift to give the aircraft a 50 mile range while staying compact enough to land anywhere

(2) maintaining stability while transitioning from hover to cruise. 

While researching many possible configurations, the round wing became the clear choice. CEO Stephen Tibbitts explains more of the story, and the science, behind the round wing on our blog

Less than 30 days left to invest!

14 days ago

Our equity crowdfunding campaign here on StartEngine ends in just 26 days! 

Now is your chance to help open up the third dimension for short-range travel with ZERO: an affordable, personal, electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft. We believe this will be the fastest way to get anywhere within a 50-mile radius by traveling over 160 miles per hour. Starting at just $200, you can fund the most efficient mode of travel with a massive reduction in commute times and a cleaner, more beautiful environment for all. 

INVEST NOW

ZEVA in the media

16 days ago

ZEVA Aero: As seen in Robb Report, New Atlas, Design Boom, Freethink, Interesting Engineering, and more! 


Some of our favorite coverage from the past few months:

  • “Forget Air Taxis. This Personal Flying Saucer Zings You Through the Air Like a Sci-Fi Hero.” - Robb Report
  • “A Personal Flying Vehicle Prototype Can Fly You at 160 MPH” - Interesting Engineering
  • “Is this one-seat flying saucer the future of flight?” - Freethink
  • “ZEVA's 160-mph electric UFO: An air taxi experience like no other” - New Atlas

3 reasons to invest

16 days ago

Why invest in ZEVA?


💡 MARKET OPPORTUNITY: Analysts and transportation industry leaders predict incredible growth for #eVTOL in the coming years.

💡LEADERSHIP: ZEVA’s founding team delivers decades of experience leading teams of engineers and managing multi-million dollar R&D budgets to develop and mass-produce electronics at both start-ups and multinational corporations.

💡TRACTION: ZEVA has a full-scale working prototype and is now performing flight tests, which puts us ahead of most entities in the eVTOL space. ZEVA’s aircraft configuration is patent-pending and we will be ready for pre-orders soon.


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Anatomy of a ZEVA flight test

28 days ago

At ZEVA, we’re conducting flight tests almost daily. They’re a crucial part of our progress toward untethered flight. 


Here’s what goes into that process: 

✈️  3 crucial roles: pilot, telemetry data monitor (temperature, voltage, current), belayer for tethered flight

✈️  Complete a rigorous startup sequence, developed by Controls Engineer Gus Meyer

✈️  Record the test data. Each test focuses on improving: stability, controllability, electrical efficiency, or thermal monitoring



Notice of Funds Disbursement

about 1 month ago

[The following is an automated notice from the StartEngine team].

Hello!

As you might know, ZEVA AERO has exceeded its minimum funding goal. When a company reaches its minimum on StartEngine, it's about to begin withdrawing funds. If you invested in ZEVA AERO be on the lookout for an email that describes more about the disbursement process.


This campaign will continue to accept investments until its indicated closing date.


Thanks for funding the future.

-StartEngine

A 2021 update from CEO Stephen Tibbitts

about 1 month ago

2021 was a year of tremendous growth for ZEVA.


This year, we: 

1) Moved to a new, 14,000 sq ft flight test facility

2) Launched our crowdfunding campaign here on StartEngine

3) Embarked on collaborative research with Washington State University

4) Expanded our core team and grew our Advisory Board

5) Shared our vision for ZEVA from Seattle to Dubai and were featured in various regional, nationwide, and global media


ZEVA CEO Stephen Tibbitts shared more about our 2021 milestones and progress in our latest newsletter. Take a look (and subscribe if you aren't already) here: https://mailchi.mp/zevaaero/zeva-aero-2021-update-15613355


The evolution of ZEVA ZERO [VIDEO]

about 1 month ago

Watch the evolution of the ZEVA ZERO in 20 seconds — from concept, to model, to full-scale prototype conducting regular flight tests.



2021 was a year of tremendous growth for ZEVA — and we’re grateful that you’ve been a part of it.  

Insights on aerospace innovation at the Dubai Airshow

about 1 month ago

In November, ZEVA had the distinct honor of being one of nine Washington-based organizations to join the Washington State Department of Commerce at this year’s 2021 Dubai Airshow, the fastest-growing airshow in the world. 

We are thrilled at the growing level of interest in eVTOL since we last attended the event in 2019. We presented at the U.S. Pavilion, made meaningful connections with potential customers and collaborators, and were inspired by global innovators who are just as passionate as we are about the future of flight.


Charlie Duke, a lunar module pilot on the 1972 Apollo 16 mission and the youngest man to walk on the moon, signs our ZEVA scale model 

ZEVA team member Andrew Balerud shares ZEVA use cases for military at the USA Partnership Pavilion


Read WA State Department of Commerce's full recap here

Notice of Funds Disbursement

about 2 months ago

[The following is an automated notice from the StartEngine team].

Hello!

As you might know, ZEVA AERO has exceeded its minimum funding goal. When a company reaches its minimum on StartEngine, it's about to begin withdrawing funds. If you invested in ZEVA AERO be on the lookout for an email that describes more about the disbursement process.


This campaign will continue to accept investments until its indicated closing date.


Thanks for funding the future.

-StartEngine

Meet the team: VP of Engineering, Gurbir Singh

about 2 months ago

ZEVA CTO Gurbir Singh is an engineer, inventor, and a former leader at Intel for 27 yrs. Gurbir is responsible for the invention of multiprocessor technology, has written several papers and a book on multiprocessor interconnection technology and holds 30+ patents.

See more about how Gurbir and the ZEVA team are fueling the future of personal air transportation: https://www.zevaaero.com/team-zeva/

ZEVA in the news: New Atlas

about 2 months ago

The future of transportation is aerial. 

ZEVA CEO Stephen Tibbitts sat down with Loz Blain at New Atlas to share what it's going to be like to travel 160mph, Superman-style in the ZEVA single-person eVTOL aircraft. Read the article here.



Meet our newest team member, Gus Meyer

about 2 months ago

Join us in welcoming Controls Engineer Gus Meyer to the ZEVA team!

Gus is a versatile engineer with a passion for developing unique air vehicles. He has designed, built, and flown a variety of multicopters from micro-drones to large, heavy-lift vehicles, and is fascinated by aerial systems that push the boundaries of what is possible. Specializing in flight performance optimization and flight controller firmware development, Gus is excited to help bring the ZERO to its full potential. 

Meet more of the team fueling the future of transportation: https://www.zevaaero.com/team-zeva/ 

THERMAL IMAGING: AN ESSENTIAL ASPECT OF ZEVA’S PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

2 months ago

Things are heating up at ZEVA! 



Thermal imaging is a core aspect of ZERO’s development. Motors and electronic speed controllers (ESCs) can heat up rapidly during propeller operation. The design of the nacelles (the covers that go around the motor-arms) is key to ensuring that enough air-flow is present to keep the system cool. 


Along with the thermal sensors built into each device, we use thermal imaging as a redundancy to monitor the temperature of the entire system in real time. 


Read more about our work at https://www.zevaaero.com/zero/ 



The eVTOL timeline: The future is now

2 months ago

What excites us most about eVTOL? 

Its potential to transform transportation as we know it within the next 20 years. 

In just 3 years, we plan to integrate our single-person eVTOL into emergency services and defense markets, then bring ZEVA to garages and hangars of consumers. By 2040, we believe consumer-owned eVTOL will be the standard.



We’re thrilled you're on this journey with us to create the future of flight!

ZEVA IN THE NEWS: COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH FEATURED IN INTERESTING ENGINEERING

2 months ago

“Nothing makes you yearn for personal flying vehicles more than New York traffic — just imagine being able to yeet out of your automobile as soon as things start to go sour on the highway. Now, wouldn't that be the dream?

“A team of Washington State University (WSU) researchers is working with ZEVA Aero, a Tacoma-based start-up, and testing components to create a single-passenger, electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, taking us one step closer to turning that dream into reality.

“In fact, ZEVA Aero has completed a functional prototype of an incredibly futuristic-looking eVTOL vehicle, with the goal of first responders and emergency services using it first.”

Read more about our collaboration with WSU in Interesting Engineering


Reflections from the Aerospace Futures Alliance

2 months ago

On October 26, the ZEVA team made its way to the Museum of Flight in Tukwila, WA for Aerospace Futures Alliance’s Annual Summit. This event convened top thought-leaders in Washington's aerospace industry — from entrepreneurs, to lawmakers, to senior executives at Boeing and Alaska Airlines — to discuss the most pressing issues surrounding the future of aerospace.



The main themes from conversations at the summit:

Sustainable Aviation

Whether the solution is electric aircraft innovations or alternative fuel solutions, leaders from the private and public sector must collaborate to coordinate the infrastructure necessary to effectively enact this shift. (For example, airports need improved infrastructure to support electric aircraft charging.) 


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

It’s crucial that all voices and experiences have an equitable opportunity to collaborate on advancement and innovation for aerospace. Only by bringing together a collection of diverse perspectives will we ensure our strongest collective future.


Growing the Washington Ecosystem

Washington’s more than $90 billion aerospace industry is crucial to the regional economy and to the U.S. as a whole. Major industry players like Boeing boost the economy by not only keeping their business operations in the state, but also ensuring that their subcontractors, such as component manufacturers, are Washington based. ZEVA plans on helping to grow Washington’s aerospace ecosystem by continuing to develop and manufacture our single-passenger aircraft in the Puget Sound area.



We’re thrilled to join in on these regional conversations, and we’re looking forward to joining the global conversation at the Dubai Airshow on Nov 14-18. Follow us on Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook, and Instagram for updates.

We’ve surpassed $130K in funding! Next stop: $200K

2 months ago

With over 170 investors so far, ZEVA has passed $130,000 raised on StartEngine!

Thank you to everyone that has helped us reach another important milestone. We’re thrilled you’re on this journey with us. 

If you have yet to invest, join us on the route to our next milestone: $200,000! You can contribute starting at $200. 


How “flying cars” create a greener planet

3 months ago

We humans have become addicted to energy. 

The global average consumption of energy is 78 million BTU per person per year, which is equivalent to almost two tons of oil. [1] In the U.S., transportation accounts for 26 percent of all energy consumption — and petroleum accounts for around 90 percent of all transportation-related energy consumption. [2]

Electric vehicles (EVs) help reduce the environmental impacts of our energy consumption by utilizing “less dirty” forms of energy. They’re also incredibly energy efficient, meaning they convert electrical energy to motion more effectively than other forms of transportation.

The global market share of electrified cars, SUVs, and other commercial and passenger vehicles grew from 8 percent in 2019 to 12 percent in 2020, and has shown continued strength in early 2021. This shift will continue to accelerate dramatically in the years to come, with forecasts predicting that by 2026, electrified vehicles will account for more than half of commercial and passenger vehicles sold globally. [3] 

This increased market traction is good news, no doubt. But what about flying EVs, or eVTOLs (electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing)?

In 2019, researchers at the University of Michigan performed a study,[4] sponsored by Ford, to assess the environmental sustainability impacts of eVTOLs. The results of the study indicate that for trips over 21 miles, an eVTOL generates fewer emissions than Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles, approaches the level of Battery Electric ground vehicles, and reduces travel times by up to 80 percent on average.

eVTOLs offer a compelling new transportation mode that will help accelerate the move away from traditional ICE vehicles. Most of the eVTOLs in design are 100 percent electric and zero emissions (if the source of electrical energy is renewable: hydro, solar, wind, nuclear, biogas).

ZEVA’s goal of putting a ZEVA in every garage is our way of lowering global carbon emissions by taking millions of ICE cars off the highways and putting eVTOLs in the air.

-Stephen Tibbitts, CEO, ZEVA

 

Sources:
 "World Energy Balances – Analysis". IEA. Retrieved 10 June 2021.

https://www.eia.gov/energyexplained/us-energy-facts/ 

https://www.bcg.com/en-us/publications/2021/why-evs-need-to-accelerate-their-market-penetration 

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-019-09426-0

The third dimension for short range travel: Urban air mobility

3 months ago


By 2050, 68% of the world’s population—6.3B people—are projected to live in metro areas. This has major implications for traffic, commute times, and infrastructure. That's why we're so passionate about opening up the third dimension for short-range travel: urban air mobility (UAM).


UAM is broadly defined as small, #eVTOL aircraft that are designed to fly small groups of people or cargo across metropolitan regions faster than ground vehicles. The ZEVA ZERO is a new class of aircraft that blends the best features of multi-copter with streamlined wing-body for improved range and efficiency.

Learn more at https://www.zevaaero.com/

ZEVA’S first use case: First responders

3 months ago

For first responders, getting a medic on scene faster can mean the difference between life and death. 

The transportation market is in great need of a first responder vehicle like the ZEVA. Imagine the impact a fleet of autonomous electric-powered vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicles for emergency response could have on disasters like the California wildfires.



The ZEVA ZERO is a personal flying machine that transitions from hover mode to forward flight mode and cruises comfortably at 160mph. ZERO is a new class of aircraft that blends the best features of multi-copter with streamlined wing-body for improved range and efficiency:

  • ZERO Emissions
  • ZERO Waiting
  • NO AIRSTRIP: 30’x30′ landing area only
  • CAPACITY: 1 Person (220 lbs)
  • RANGE: 50 miles (best in class)
  • FAST: 160 mph cruise
  • SAFE: Highly reliable all electric drive
  • QUIET: 100% Electric

More about emergency response use cases: https://www.zevaaero.com/first-responders/  

Meet our Founder & CEO: Stephen Tibbitts

3 months ago

ZEVA CEO Stephen Tibbitts is a serial entrepreneur, investor, engineer, and arguably the earliest predictor of eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) technology as proven by his 2005 NASA SBIR proposal, “EVA Tilt-rotor Electric Vehicle for Twenty-First Century Atmospheric Flight”. He has inspired work at NASA, Joby and many other companies working in the eVTOL arena. 

Stephen has been laying the groundwork for eVTOL since as early as 2003. Frustrated with the general aviation industry and specifically with the issue that hundreds of small airports have vanished, he realized that vertical take-off and landing aircraft were going to be the solution — they don’t require a landing strip, but rather a vertiport which has a much smaller and more affordable footprint.

In his 2005 SBIR proposal, Stephen predicted the events playing out today regarding eVTOL: “This unique flying machine has the potential to revolutionize general aviation in a number of ways including zero emissions, very quiet operation, vertical takeoff and landing, efficient cruise, affordability, and safety through redundant motors and dual landing modes to name a few.”

There is no doubt that Stephen and his proposal have since had a remarkable impact on eVTOL development worldwide. He has the ability to foresee selected mega-trends and eVTOL is an emerging phenomenon that represents one of the largest economic disruptions this century. We feel confident that ZEVA has an early mover advantage and is poised to become a market leader.


See more about how Stephen and team are fueling the future of personal air transportation: https://www.zevaaero.com/team-zeva/ 

eVTOL’s future: Analysts predict skyrocketing market opportunity

3 months ago

Our CEO Stephen Tibbitts has been saying this for more than 15 years, and now, industry analysts are saying it: eVTOL vehicles have the potential to lead to the largest market opportunity in our lifetimes. This is a nascent market and a paradigm shift. 

There is little historical market information for these types of vehicles, yet analysts including Frost & Sullivan, Morgan Stanley and Market Research Future have predicted incredible growth.

Safe, affordable, sustainable and efficient advanced air mobility is not only likely in our lifetimes, but it will transform the transportation landscape — and we’re thrilled you’re on this journey with us as we develop our ZEVA ZERO eVTOL aircraft.

ZEVA ZERO: Not just a hypothetical

3 months ago

ZERO, our personal electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft isn’t hypothetical — we’ve designed and built a full scale working prototype and are currently performing flight tests, putting us ahead of most other players in the eVTOL space. 

We designed and built this craft in-house — from the custom battery packs, to the beautiful carbon fiber body.


We recently moved from our 5,000 sq ft prototyping lab to our 14,000 sq-ft flight test facility to continue indoor tethered flight testing.


This new facility includes all of the assets and equipment that will allow us to rapidly iterate solutions as we test and perfect our full-scale prototype, like:

  • 3D printers (capable of printing carbon fiber composites)

  • CNC machines

  • Electrical and electronics lab equipment

  • Computing and network resources

  • A full woodshop and metal shop


As we continue testing, we’re also prioritizing building and maintaining relationships with manufacturing partners and early adopters. Firefighters, medics, security, prime contractors, and special operations personnel alike have expressed major interest in our product.

The Case for eVTOL by Stephen Tibbitts

4 months ago

eVTOL stands for Electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing.

The key words are electric and vertical.

ELECTRIC

The reasons that electric propulsion is important are multifaceted but primarily because it represents a sustainable future. For the most part, General Aviation (GA) small aircraft burn leaded gasoline. So not only are we spewing out CO2 by the bucket load as we fly, we are also poisoning our environment with lead. 

Battery technology is at the inflection point of being a viable energy source for aviation in certain applications such as short-haul and eVTOL. Over time, battery technology should improve even more significantly. 

Here in the Pacific Northwest electrical energy is green because of our hydropower, and renewable energy across the nation is the fastest growing energy source, increasing 100% from 2000 to 2018. Green energy paired with modern battery storage creates a real opportunity for true sustainability.

eVTOL vehicles will create a compelling reason for people to switch to electric transportation

VERTICAL

Vertical (take-off and landing) is essential simply because it is not practical to put airport facilities where people live, play and work - they are simply not practical from a dirt perspective (meaning the land becomes more valuable than the airport can support). Over 300 airports have vanished in Washington State alone over the last 70 years. Because of this, General Aviation (small aircraft) is not a practical means of transportation. You can’t fly from the suburbs to the city for two reasons: 

1) The “city” airport changed their name to “international airport” and has been moved typically 20 or more miles from the city center, and 

2) The suburban airport has disappeared altogether. 

Thus, the only practical way to fly where most people need to travel require vastly smaller airports or vertiports.

The advantages and usefulness of Vertiports and VTOLs (tilt-rotors) were identified by the Federal Aviation Administration prior to 1991 to the extent that they provided an Advisory Circular on the subject of Vertiport Design. In this document they prescribe a landing area of 250 x 250 feet whereas the minimum practical landing area for small non-vertical (winged) aircraft is 2000 x 250 feet. (Commercial airline runways are between 8,000 and 13,000 feet long.)

With the advent of eVTOL the required landing area is shrinking even more and with a compact vehicle like the ZEVA Zero, the landing area can be as small as a cul-de-sac or back-yard. Precise computer navigation and control can allow safe operation in these small areas.

Electric and Vertical are a winning combination that allow practical air travel where you want to go!


-Stephen Tibbitts, CEO

NASA, the FAA, & Autonomous Urban Air Traffic Control

4 months ago

ZEVA's own Stephen Tibbitts has been working as an advisor to the NASA Advanced Air Mobility Ecosystem Working Group for Airspace & Fleet Operations Management to provide input into the development of safe high-volume urban (and rural) flight operations.

A key driver of the success of the urban air mobility (UAM) movement will be the creation of modern air traffic management frameworks using autonomous systems to allow for aircraft like ZEVA's single-passenger eVTOL to safely fly in urban (and rural) environments with minimal human intervention. 

The FAA and NASA have worked with Deloitte Consulting to research and model what modern air traffic control might look like with the advent of eVTOL aircraft in dense urban settings. A recent study discussing some of their findings can be found here: link

Thank you again to all our investors that are helping to shape the future of air transportation with us!

-Team ZEVA

Notice of Funds Disbursement

4 months ago

[The following is an automated notice from the StartEngine team].

Hello!

As you might know, ZEVA AERO has exceeded its minimum funding goal. When a company reaches its minimum on StartEngine, it's about to begin withdrawing funds. If you invested in ZEVA AERO be on the lookout for an email that describes more about the disbursement process.


This campaign will continue to accept investments until its indicated closing date.


Thanks for funding the future.

-StartEngine

ZEVA Passes $100K Raised on StartEngine!

5 months ago

With over 100 investors so far, ZEVA has passed $100,000 raised on StartEngine!

Thank you to everyone that has helped us reach this important milestone - and we are just getting started! 

We'd like to welcome all our new investors that share our vision of a future where sustainable personal aviation is a part of everyday life.

Keep spreading the word about our company - the more people we get involved, the faster we can reach our goals!

-Team ZEVA



ZEVA Awarded Research Grant in Partnership with WSU

5 months ago

We are pleased to announce that ZEVA Aero has been awarded a research grant from Washington State’s Joint Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation (JACTI). The funds from the grant will be used to partner with Washington State University (WSU) to study aerodynamic configurations to optimize the thrust and controls of ZEVA’s single-passenger electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, with a further goal of using the findings to design a 2+ passenger eVTOL aircraft.

The research team is led by Professor Konstantin Matveev, PhD and Associate Professor John P. Swensen, PhD of the WSU School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. Dr. Matveev has extensive experience creating digital models and simulations for dynamic propeller systems, and will be leading a group of graduate and undergraduate students to create a simplified digital twin of ZEVA’s aircraft propulsion system.

ZEVA will provide WSU access to our 14,000 sq. ft. Flight Test Facility to investigate the ZEVA Zero full-scale prototype to develop relevant experiment test plans, and ZEVA will ultimately conduct physical testing to validate the simulation results. ZEVA engineers will be available for consulting throughout the duration of the project.

ZEVA will use the simulations and test data to optimize the configuration of the full-scale prototype and to create flight plans to incorporate into the currently semi-autonomous control system. Upon finalization of the ZEVA Zero, ZEVA plans to begin manufacturing in Washington State.

According to the JCATI request for proposals, funding is not meant for basic research projects and is generally given to research projects at academic institutions with a high probability of transitioning the technology to industry partners within 1-2 years. WSU has earmarked the JCATI funds for student salaries, equipment, laboratory fees, and materials. 

Dr. Matveev and team have already begun preliminary research and simulations- we look forward to a successful partnership with WSU!


Sincerely,

Fred Bills, COO


StartEngine Campaign Passes $50K!

6 months ago

Today was our third day on the StartEngine platform and we've already raised over $50,000

We are incredibly thankful to everyone who has decided to own a piece of ZEVA and come on this journey with us. The goals we've set for ourselves are challenging, but we care deeply about what we're doing - we want to fundamentally transform the way people get around by bringing sustainable personal air transportation to everyone.  

Thank you also to everyone that has promoted our fundraise by spreading the word on social media - it makes a world of difference.

And for anyone that has not yet completed your investment, we encourage you to click on through to the end!


Sincerely,

Fred Bills, COO


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