Joby bolsters california manufacturing facility, “rolls out second eVTOL aircraft from production line”

Joby celebrated the planned expansion of its manufacturing facilities in Marina, California, alongside Marina Mayor Bruce Delgado, Monterey County Supervisor Wendy Root-Askew, and Toyota Collaboration Lead Kiyoshiba Mase. (Photo: Business Wire)

Joby Aviation announced this week, it has increased in size its Pilot Production Line in Marina, California, reports a press release. The expansion will more than double Joby’s manufacturing footprint at the Marina Municipal Airport and is expected to begin operations next year.

During a ceremony to celebrate this exciting development, Joby also showcased a second production prototype aircraft, which has recently rolled off the Line. The eVTOL is expected to join Joby’s first production prototype at Edwards Air Force Base later this year. Meanwhile, two additional craft are in final assembly.

The release explains, “The expanded facility is designed to support a target production rate of 25 aircraft per year and will also house a range of key operations facilities, including an expanded pilot training and flight simulation centre as well as aircraft maintenance facilities that are designed to support the scaling of Joby’s commercial operations.”

JoeBen Bevirt, Founder and CEO of Joby, remarked, “This facility will play a foundational role in our future success and it is a privilege to once again be growing our footprint and workforce in California.” 

He continued, “I am grateful to the local community and our many supporters who have advocated on our behalf to reach this point and to Toyota for everything they continue to do to make manufacturing a success at Joby.” 

Outside and Inside of Joby’s Marina Manufacturing Facility

The expansion is being funded in part by the USD9.8 million California Competes grant awarded to Joby by the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) last November, to support the Company’s continued statewide expansion.

Bruce Delgado, Mayor of Marina, commented, “We’re delighted to see Joby continue to invest in expanding its presence at Marina Municipal Airport, providing high-tech jobs in clean manufacturing that benefit the local community. The company benefits all of our tri-county community.”

Wendy Root-Askew, Monterey County Supervisor, added, “We’re thrilled to see Joby break ground on an expansion to their electric air taxi factory in Marina and we look forward to future opportunities to partner for the benefit of our local economy.”

The ceremony was attended by local and regional stakeholders representing the city of Marina, Monterey County, Monterey Bay DART, Monterey Bay Economic Partnership, Mujeres en Acción, and many other organisations that continue to be instrumental to Joby’s success, including Toyota Motor Corporation.

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