FedEx to test Elroy Air autonomous eVTOL

  • April 11, 2022
  • William Payne

FedEx is partnering California-based Elroy Air, a company building an end-to-end autonomous vertical take-off and landing aerial cargo system. FedEx will test Elroy Air’s Chaparral autonomous VTOL air cargo system within the company’s middle-mile logistics operations, moving shipments between sortation locations.

Elroy Air announced its Chaparral autonomous aircraft in January 2022. The Chaparral aircraft is an eVTOL aerial cargo system that can autonomously pick up 300-500 pounds of cargo and deliver it by air up to 300 miles. The Chaparral is capable of longer-range flights without the need for additional infrastructure, such as airports or charging stations.

“FedEx was built on innovation and we are always looking toward new technologies to help enhance the logistics industry through improved safety, efficiency and customer service,” said Joe Stephens, senior vice president, global planning, engineering and technology, FedEx Express. “We look forward to continued testing and learning throughout our collaboration with Elroy Air.”

“We are proud to work with FedEx to build the next generation of express logistics,” said Kofi Asante, Elroy Air’s VP of Business Development and Strategy. “When you’re not limited by challenging infrastructure, traffic, or airports, logistics can reach more people, faster than ever before. We look forward to working together to create a new future for how we get goods to people around the world.”