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Ocean Power Technologies CEO Philipp Stratmann Announces Contract for AI-Enhanced PowerBuoy

Ocean Power Technologies Inc

Ocean Power Technologies (OPT), a leader in innovative ocean energy solutions, has secured a significant new contract for the immediate delivery of a PowerBuoy equipped with Merrows, its cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence capable Maritime Domain Awareness Solution. CEO Philipp Stratmann shared this exciting news with Steve Darling from Proactive, highlighting that this contract, focused on deployment in the Middle East, is set to generate revenues within the current quarter. In his discussion with Steve Darling from Proactive, Stratmann emphasized that this achievement builds on the company’s previous announcement of its selection as a preferred supplier for its Merrows-equipped buoys in the region. This new revenue-generating contract underscores OPT’s continued business growth across all its product lines, including WAM-Vs (Wave Adaptive Modular Vessels) and PowerBuoys. Stratmann elaborated on the strategic importance of this shipment, which features a solar and wind-powered system. He noted that it demonstrates OPT’s capability to provide robust and versatile solutions capable of servicing a wide range of marine environments globally. The deployment of this AI-enhanced PowerBuoy not only strengthens OPT's presence in the Middle East but also exemplifies its commitment to delivering advanced maritime technology solutions worldwide. Contact Details Proactive North America +1 604-688-8158 NA-editorial@proactiveinvestors.com

July 17, 2024 10:37 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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DB Schenker Showcases Thought Leadership in Import/Export Logistics Through New Video Series on the Port of Halifax

DB Schenker

DB Schenker, a global leader in logistics and supply chain management, is thrilled to announce the launch of an exclusive video series focused on the Port of Halifax. This series, designed for logistics experts and import/export professionals, highlights the Port of Halifax's strategic importance and innovative practices in global trade. The video series features insightful interviews with prominent figures, including: Marilisa Benigno, Honorary Consul of Italy, Atlantic Region Suzanne Rix, Honorary Consul of Germany for the Maritime Provinces Captain Allan Gray, President, and CEO of the Halifax Port Authority Jonathan Chia, Head of Commercial at PSA Halifax David Thomas, Executive Director at The PIER Key Highlights: Vision and Mission of the Port of Halifax: Capt. Gray elaborates on the Port of Halifax's mission to be Canada’s preferred gateway, emphasizing its global connectivity and economic impact. “Every day, we connect with markets in Central Canada, the U.S. Midwest and countries around the world,” said Capt. Gray. “These connections foster opportunities for business and support thousands of jobs today. Looking ahead, the port will continue to integrate innovation, sustainability and community into how we do business.” Economic Impact: The Port of Halifax is a significant economic driver. A recent study showed the port generates billions of dollars in economic activity annually, contributing $1.6 billion in labour income and supporting over 25,000 jobs in the region. Jonathan Chia discusses the port’s role in reducing logistics costs for inland Canada and its strategic positioning as a gateway port. Global Connectivity and Innovation: The port’s connection to more than 150 countries worldwide, along with substantial investments in mega cranes and digitalization, positions Halifax as a key player on the global stage. Sustainability and Community Engagement: The series delves into the port's collaborative efforts with the Port of Hamburg to accelerate decarbonization and sustainability initiatives. Capt. Gray will also highlight the port's commitment to community integration and sustainable growth through innovative projects and partnerships. Future Infrastructure Developments: Viewers will gain insights into the port's 50-year plan, which includes expanding rail capacity and optimizing existing infrastructure to meet future demand while focusing on sustainable growth. Strengthening Italy-Canada Relations: Marilisa Benigno, Honorary Consul of Italy, Atlantic Region shares the consulate’s efforts to strengthen ties between Italy and Canada through various initiatives, including visa facilitation, cultural events, and business collaborations. German-Canadian Collaboration: Suzanne Rix, Honorary Consul of Germany for the Maritime Provinces, discusses the burgeoning relationship between Germany and Halifax, particularly in the fields of hydrogen and wind energy. The collaboration between the Port of Hamburg and the Port of Halifax in seeking to decarbonize their respective route is a significant step towards sustainable trade practices. Innovation and the Living Lab: David Thomas, Executive Director at The PIER, explains the role of The PIER as Canada’s first living lab to help solve supply chain and logistics challenges. The PIER’s projects emphasize efficiency, resilience, transparency, and sustainability in supply chains​. Catch the full Interviews on DB Schenker’s LinkedIn: The complete series of interviews is available on DB Schenker’s LinkedIn page, offering valuable insights for professionals in the logistics and supply chain sectors. Follow the link to stay updated and engage with industry leaders: DB Schenker LinkedIn. About DB Schenker With around 76,600 employees at more than 1,850 locations in over 130 countries, DB Schenker is one of the world’s leading logistics service providers. The company operates land, air, and ocean transportation services, and it also offers comprehensive logistics and global supply chain management solutions from a single source. Aiming for a sustainable future of the logistics industry, DB Schenker continuously invests in innovative transport solutions, renewable energies, and low-emission products for its customers. Contact Details Nicholas Leighton +1 949-478-5880 nick.leighton@nettresultsLLC.com Company Website https://www.dbschenker.com/usa

July 16, 2024 11:55 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Standard Fleet and UP.FIT Partner to Modernize Government Electric Vehicle Fleet Management

Standard Fleet

Standard Fleet, an electric vehicle management technology developer, and UP.FIT, an Unplugged Performance company focused on the upfitting of Tesla electric vehicles for fleet use, today announced a collaborative initiative designed to enhance government electric vehicle (EV) fleet management. This effort brings together UP.FIT’s industry-leading expertise in customizing Teslas for specialty use with Standard Fleet's sophisticated fleet management software, aims to improve operational efficiency and support the environmental goals of government fleets including those managed by emergency responders and law enforcement. “Our collaboration with UP.FIT aims to equip police departments with the tools they need for a smoother, more cost-effective fleet management experience,” said David Hodge, Founder and CEO of Standard Fleet. “Integrating our software with UP.FIT’s customized Tesla vehicles means we can offer a system that improves operational efficiency while supporting environmental goals.” "Our mission at UP.FIT is to simplify the adoption of electric fleets for first responders and fleet operators globally,” said James Hedland, Fleet Director at UP.FIT. “Standard Fleet software gives operators complete control of the access, charging, maintenance, and dispatching of their up-fitted EVs. Together we’re providing police departments and other city and county fleet operators with an electric vehicle management system proven to enhance performance and operational efficiency." The partnership addresses a growing need for cost-effective and responsible deployment of EV fleets in public service by merging the expertise and capabilities of UP.FIT and Standard Fleet. This initiative is poised to redefine fleet management for government entities, enhancing both vehicle functionality and operational oversight. Key Benefits of the Partnership: Improved Operational Efficiency: Standard Fleet’s software streamlines the management of charging, maintenance, and daily operations of EVs, reducing both time and costs for fleet managers. Tailored Vehicle Customizations: UP.FIT modifies Tesla vehicles to meet the specific needs of police and public safety operations, enhancing their reliability and suitability for work in the communities they serve. Environmental Impact: The shift towards EVs helps reduce emissions and air pollution, and aligns with local, state, and federal environmental objectives. Sergeant Tony Abdalla from the South Pasadena Police Department, a client benefiting from this partnership, stated, “Adopting electric vehicles for police work presents a unique set of challenges along with opportunities to better serve our community with a cleaner, more reliable, and higher performance police fleet at lower costs over the long term. Standard Fleet technology gives us mobile access to all of our EVs to enhance our operations from dispatch, charging, maintenance, and analytics, to keyless access for officers coming on- and off-duty. Combining Standard Fleet software with the hardware and digital technology upgrades installed by UP.FIT puts our fleet at the forefront of sustainability and performance.” This initiative underscores the potential of technology to improve public sector operations and promotes the adoption of sustainable practices in fleet management. As police departments and other city and county fleet operators increasingly turn to electric vehicles, Standard Fleet and UP.FIT provides scalable, impactful, and effective solutions for the challenges of modern fleet operations. To learn more about this strategic collaboration, please visit here. Useful Links: Learn More: www.standardfleet.com About UP.FIT: https://up.fit/ Follow us: Blog | X | Instagram | LinkedIn Sales and Partnership Inquiries: Please email Standard Fleet at contact@standardfleet.com. About Standard Fleet: Founded in 2021 and based in San Francisco, Standard Fleet envisions a future where electric vehicle (EV) fleets are at the forefront of sustainable transportation, supporting a more environmentally friendly approach to urban mobility. The company’s software simplifies the management of electric vehicle fleets by enhancing operational efficiency and facilitating the transition to sustainable transportation. For more information, please visit www.standardfleet.com. About UP.FIT: Based in Hawthorne, CA, UP.FIT, an Unplugged Performance company, is the global leader in upfitting Teslas for fleet use. Launched in response to the growing need for advanced, sustainable fleet solutions, UP.FIT collaborates with industry leaders to engineer high-level components, turnkey vehicles, training, and innovative management tools. The UP.FIT mission is to provide first responders with the most innovative, safe and reliable equipment possible, all while driving to a cleaner tomorrow. Contact Details ANW Networks for Standard Fleet Alicia V. Nieva-Woodgate +1 720-808-0086 alicia@anwnetworks.com Company Website https://www.standardfleet.com/

July 16, 2024 11:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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The Tesla Of The Skies? How One Company Could Be About To Change The Aviation Industry Forever

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By James Blacker, Benzinga Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) is without doubt one of the great success stories of the stock market, having seen its share price soar almost 1500% over the past five years. The company sold some 1.8 million vehicles in 2023, compared to 22,442 vehicles 10 years earlier in 2013. During the same period, its annual revenue grew to over $95 billion. With a market cap of over $800 billion, Tesla is now by far the largest automaker in the U.S. by market cap. By comparison, Toyota (NYSE: TM), the second-largest carmaker, has a market cap of a little over $270 billion. The success of Tesla can be attributed to numerous factors, not least its groundbreaking innovation, market disruption and commitment to sustainability. Just as Tesla has redefined the automotive industry, an emerging player seeks to do the same for the aviation industry. As the world looks to the skies for the next transportation revolution, New Horizon Aircraft (NASDAQ: HOVR) could be set to be a game changer for aviation with its hybrid electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft. Tesla's Blueprint For Market Dominance Tesla is best known as a pioneer in the electric car market that continues to innovate with its high-tech EVs and Supercharger network. The company has been a leader in the EV market for years thanks to its focus on cutting-edge tech, including the development of advanced battery systems and autonomous driving capabilities. Thanks in large part to Tesla, the auto sector has undergone a radical change in the last decade. Global EV sales reached 14 million in 2023, rising 35% from the previous year. This figure is more than six times higher than just five years earlier. In 2023 there were around 40 million EVs on the roads, and industry experts expect this number to continue rising – forecasts suggest that the global EV fleet will reach 250 million by 2030 and 525 million by 2035. EVs are set to play an important role in helping governments around the world achieve their net zero emissions targets. As such, Tesla’s success can also be attributed to its commitment to sustainability, which is at the core of its mission. The company says its products are designed to replace the planet’s biggest polluters. Last year, Tesla customers avoided releasing over 20 million metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. This focus on sustainability has resonated with consumers and propelled Tesla to become one of the most valuable companies in the world. New Horizon Aircraft: The Tesla Of The Skies? New Horizon Aircraft is positioning itself to emulate Tesla’s success as a company at the forefront of a new era in aviation, dedicated to revolutionizing air travel through innovative and sustainable tech. Founded in 2013 by a father-and-son team with extensive flying experience, Horizon Aircraft’s team of elite aerospace engineers is developing a hybrid eVTOL aircraft called the Cavorite X7. This aircraft uses a patented fan-in-wing design that lets it take off and land vertically like a helicopter but reconfigure en route to fly like a traditional aircraft. Redefining Aviation With Cutting-Edge Technology Much like Tesla, Horizon is continually innovating and developing new technology for its aircraft design. In contrast to many other eVTOL aircraft, the Cavorite X7 uses a hybrid electric main power system, which means it can recharge its battery array mid-flight and post-flight. Horizon says that this hybrid electric system, coupled with its patented fan-in-wing design, allows the Cavorite X7 to go faster and farther and carry more useful load than its competitors. According to the company, the X7 will have a maximum range of 500 miles, a maximum useful load of 1,500lb and a top speed of 250 mph. Horizon is also innovating with advanced autonomy and control systems that aim to make flight operations safer and more efficient. The company’s technical innovations will not only allow precise control during takeoff, landing and flight but also pave the way for a fully autonomous eVTOL in the future, pending regulatory acceptance. In line with its vision, sustainability is a key aspect of Horizon’s design philosophy. The Cavorite X7’s hybrid electric system reduces fuel consumption, meaning it can operate with up to 30% less hydrocarbon emissions than conventional aircraft performing similar operations, according to the company. Furthermore, as battery technology continues to advance, the Cavorite is expected to become fully electric, which will further reduce its environmental impact. Additionally, Horizon says its aircraft could bring costs down some 30% even compared to a helicopter carrying out a similar regional transport mission and at twice the speed. Transforming Urban And Regional Mobility With their small design and ability to take off and land vertically, eVTOL aircraft are ideal for transporting people and goods within urban areas. They are therefore seen as a solution to the global problem of traffic congestion, which leads to lost time, increased fuel consumption and high emissions. A recent study found that road congestion results in up to $200 billion in lost productivity annually. With the growing need for efficient and sustainable mobility solutions, eVTOL aircraft have the potential to transform urban mobility. With a wing design that allows it to fly farther, Horizon’s Cavorite X7 sets itself apart from other eVTOL aircraft as it is also ideal for regional air mobility (RAM) – short-haul travel connecting regions that are underserved by traditional airline routes. This capability means Horizon could be poised to capitalize on a global RAM market that is expected to grow to $115 billion by 2035. In addition to passenger travel for the RAM market, Horizon expects the X7’s uses to range from medical evacuation to natural disaster response, emergency surveillance and search and rescue. Navigating Challenges As with any disruptive technology, some challenges will need to be overcome before it becomes fully accessible to the wider public. Firstly, regulatory bodies, such as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), need to adapt to the rapid advancement of eVTOL technology – new products will require rigorous testing and certification processes before they can be approved. Regulators must also consider factors such as developing rules for safe flight in urban areas and air traffic control. The final hurdle to overcome for the eVTOL industry will be gaining market acceptance. It will be important to educate the public and stakeholders about the safety and benefits of this new technology in order to build trust. Adoption could come sooner than you think, however, with the FAA saying last year that it expects the first eVTOL to begin commercial operations around late 2024 or early 2025. A Vision For Tomorrow’s Skies The potential for a transformative shift in the aviation industry is immense. Just as Tesla reshaped the automotive landscape, Horizon Aircraft has the opportunity to do the same for aviation. The company envisions a future where air travel is more efficient, accessible, sustainable and integrated into our daily lives. Through continuous innovation, New Horizon Aircraft aims to make this vision a reality. Featured photo by Lars Nissen from Pixabay. Benzinga is a leading financial media and data provider, known for delivering accurate, timely, and actionable financial information to empower investors and traders. This post contains sponsored content. This content is for informational purposes only and not intended to be investing advice. Contact Details Benzinga +1 877-440-9464 info@benzinga.com Company Website http://www.benzinga.com

July 11, 2024 08:35 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Sono Group: Driving the Future with Solar-Powered Commercial Vehicles

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Sono Group Managing Director George O’Leary joined Steve Darling from Proactive to discuss the company's strategic focus on integrating solar technology into commercial vehicles, particularly their flagship product, the Solar Bus Kit. This innovative product underscores the company's commitment to the concept of "solar essence," utilizing efficient, scalable, and low-cost solar photovoltaic (PV) panels. Sono Group's business model is primarily B2B, targeting original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), bus manufacturers, and bus suppliers. Recent funding will sustain the company through June 2025, enabling them to concentrate on enhancing personnel, product development, and maintaining transparency. O'Leary highlighted the company's ambitious vision for the next three to five years, which aims to create a world free from fossil fuels by installing solar technology on all commercial vehicles globally. Sono Group plans to expand its solar solutions across various types of buses, whether diesel or electric. Furthermore, the company intends to move to a major stock exchange to enhance shareholder value, following their recent listing on the OTCQB market. This forward-thinking approach not only aligns with global sustainability goals but also positions Sono Group at the forefront of the solar technology integration in the commercial vehicle sector, driving innovation and fostering a greener future. Contact Details Proactive North America +1 604-688-8158 na-editorial@proactiveinvestors.com

July 10, 2024 11:55 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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NAFA to Host Fleet Policy Workshop Focused on Comprehensive Fundamentals and Best Practices in Fleet Management

NAFA Fleet Management Association

In the evolving landscape of fleet management, effective and well-structured policies are critical to ensuring compliance, efficiency and overall success. To address these needs, NAFA Fleet Management Association (NAFA), the vehicle fleet industry’s largest membership association, announces the development of a Fleet Policy Workshop event for fleet professionals from October 7-9, 2024, in Indianapolis, IN. This interactive workshop is designed to empower fleet professionals with the knowledge and tools to develop, implement and manage comprehensive fleet policies effectively. “Well-crafted fleet policies are the backbone of successful fleet operations. This workshop is tailored to provide fleet managers with a detailed understanding of policy creation and application, ensuring they are equipped to handle the complexities of modern fleet management,” said Bill Schankel, CAE, CEO of NAFA. “We are thrilled to bring this dynamic program to Indianapolis, providing a platform for learning, collaboration and practical skill development.” The Fleet Policy Workshop will offer a deep dive into the full cycle of policy strategy, development, implementation and assessment. Participants will gain valuable insights from industry experts and engage in hands-on activities designed to provide practical experience and immediate takeaways. Sessions at the workshop will cover a range of critical topics, including: Fundamentals and Strategies of Policy Writing Policy Needs Assessment and Implementation Customizing Fleet Policies Conducting Policy Audits and Assessments Registration for the Fleet Policy Workshop is currently open, with early bird pricing available through August 9, 2024. To learn more about the workshop and register, please visit https://www.nafa.org/events/fleet-policy-workshop/. NAFA Fleet Management Association is the membership organization for professionals who manage the mobility requirements of vehicle fleets that include commercial, public safety, trucks, and buses of all types and sizes, and a wide range of military and off-road equipment for corporations, governments, universities, utility fleets, and law enforcement in North America and across the globe. NAFA’s members are responsible for the specification, acquisition, maintenance, repair, fueling, risk management, and remarketing of more than 4.8 million vehicles that drive an estimated 84 billion miles each year. NAFA’s members control assets and services well above $122 billion each year. For more information, please visit www.nafa.org, and communicate with NAFA on LinkedIn, Facebook, and X. Contact Details Keaveny Hewitt +1 919-622-5276 khewitt@onwrdupwrd.com Company Website https://www.nafa.org/

July 08, 2024 02:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated the Transaction Between MTS Transportation, Inc. and High Desert Management Group, LLC

Benchmark International

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the transaction between MTS Transportation, Inc. and High Desert Management Group, LLC. The transaction represents a strategic expansion for High Desert Management Group, LLC, as it works to achieve scale through acquisitions and service diversification. MTS Transportation, a company with a rich history, was established in Amarillo, Texas, in 1982 and incorporated in 1990. It all began with a single tractor and refrigerated trailer to take on servicing the 3PL needs of the Texas Panhandle market. For over four decades, the company has continued to provide 3 PL services, full truck load transportation of refrigerated products, dry freight, flat bed, bulk carbon black, and bulk milk transportation on long or short hauls nationwide. “Thank you for everything you have contributed to, the timely and knowledgeable direction and for always having the time to help where and when needed. It was so appreciated.” – Tim Merrill, CEO of MTS Transportation. High Desert Management Group, LLC, a newly formed holding company in Texas, is looking to continue expanding its footprint in the Texas market with its experience in the trucking industry. High Desert Management Group, LLC intends to continue working to streamline its service operations related to dry freight products and refrigerated products in the Texas market. “It was exciting to get to the finish line with our client and even more exciting to help our client continue onto their next chapter in life, which we hope is filled with even more quality time with their friends and family. The Benchmark team has enjoyed working with MTS Transportation and High Desert Management Group, LLC through this process, and we wish both parties the best of luck in their future endeavors.” – Jeffrey Garza, Deal Associate, Benchmark International. Americas: Sam Smoot at +1 (813) 898 2350/ Smoot@BenchmarkIntl.com Europe: Michael Lawrie at +44 (0) 161 359 4400 / Lawrie@BenchmarkIntl.com Africa: Anthony McCardle at +27 21 300 2055 / McCardle@BenchmarkIntl.com ABOUT BENCHMARK INTERNATIONAL: Benchmark International is a global M&A firm that provides business owners with creative, value-maximizing solutions for growing and exiting their businesses. Benchmark International has handled over $11 billion in transaction value across various industries from offices across the world. With decades of M&A experience, Benchmark International’s transaction teams have assisted business owners with achieving their objectives and ensuring the continued growth of their businesses. The firm has also been named the Investment Banking Firm of the Year by The M&A Advisor and the Global M&A Network as well as the #1 Sell-side Exclusive Privately-held M&A Advisor in the World by Pitchbook and Refinitiv's Global League Tables. Contact Details Brittney Zoeller +1 813-898-2350 zoeller@benchmarkintl.com Company Website https://www.benchmarkintl.com/

July 08, 2024 10:25 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Spring Bird Celebrates Significant Growth and Expands Reach Across the U.S.

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Spring Bird, a leading provider of heavy-duty transit solutions, is proud to announce its remarkable growth and expansion over the past six months. As a company deeply rooted in the Carson family's longstanding legacy in the transit industry, Spring Bird continues to set new standards in quality, customer satisfaction, and innovation. In the last six months, Spring Bird has successfully delivered transit buses for sale or lease to various key locations, including Texas, Chicago, New York, Idaho, Northern California, and an airport in Southern California. This expansion demonstrates our commitment to meeting the diverse needs of transit operators nationwide and highlights the trust and confidence our clients place in our products and services. "Our available fleet has seen significant growth, now boasting over 100 heavy-duty transit buses with fleet likeness. This uniformity not only provides a cohesive appearance for transit systems but also enhances maintenance efficiency, allowing for smoother operations and reduced downtime. Our dedication to quality and reliability ensures that each vehicle in our fleet meets the highest standards of safety and performance," said Elliott Carson, CEO of Spring Bird. This growth has propelled Spring Bird to become the second-largest supplier of certified pre-owned heavy-duty transit vehicles in North America. Our extensive inventory and comprehensive rehabilitation services, including minor repairs, major overhauls, and retrofitting with advanced technology such as low-emission engines and GPS systems, make us the preferred choice for transit operators seeking dependable and cost-effective solutions. "Our recent achievements are a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team and the trust of our clients," Carson added. "We are committed to continuing our legacy of excellence and innovation, providing top-quality transit solutions that meet the evolving needs of our customers." Spring Bird's success is built on a rich history of the Carson family's contributions to the transit industry, dating back to 1943. From the founding of Cross Town Lines to the establishment of Spring Bird by Elliott Carson, the company's journey reflects a deep-seated commitment to quality, customer satisfaction, and industry leadership. As we look to the future, Spring Bird remains focused on expanding our reach, enhancing our services, and delivering exceptional value to our customers. We are excited about the opportunities ahead and look forward to continuing our tradition of excellence in the transit industry. About Spring BirdSpring Bird is a premier provider of transportation solutions specializing in the sale, leasing, and service of heavy-duty transit buses and motor coaches. Drawing from the rich Carson family legacy in the transportation industry, Spring Bird offers an inventory of high-quality buses from leading manufacturers and provides customized rehabilitation services, including minor repairs, major overhauls, and technological retrofitting. Dedicated to safety, innovation, and customer satisfaction, Spring Bird addresses the unique needs of cities, transit agencies, and private operators, ensuring reliable and efficient transportation solutions. Contact Details Media Contact press@springbirdbus.com Company Website https://springbirdbus.com

July 02, 2024 11:17 AM Central Daylight Time

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The Future Of Air Mobility: Horizon Aircraft's Cavorite X7 Leading The Charge In eVTOL Innovation

Benzinga

By James Blacker, Benzinga Imagine being able to order a flying taxi at the touch of a button, then to be whisked over the traffic and across the city in minutes, navigating above skyscrapers to an awaiting vertiport. Imagine a loved one being airlifted to the hospital in half of the time of a traditional helicopter. While this futuristic vision was once confined to the realm of science fiction, excitement for a new form of air travel is growing as advances in technology could bring them to our skies sooner than many think. Global investors expect to see the first commercial flights using electrical vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft by 2026. The United States Federal Aviation Administration said last year that it expects the first eVTOL to begin commercial operations around late 2024 or early 2025. The United Kingdom, meanwhile, recently outlined a roadmap for eVTOL aircraft use, which it sees launching in the country by 2026, with fully autonomous versions in the skies by 2030. According to Spherical Insights, the Advanced Mobility Market (AMM) was worth $9.3 billion in 2023 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 18.69% from 2023 to 2033, reaching $51 billion. Morgan Stanley has an even more bullish outlook, predicting that AMM will encompass a total addressable market of $1.5 trillion by 2040, citing the convergence of technologies such as batteries, autonomous systems and advanced manufacturing as reasons for this explosive growth. Who Needs A Pilot, Anyway? Several key players are making headlines in the eVTOL market, including New Horizon Aircraft (NYSE: HOVR), Joby Aviation and Lilium. While most companies are taking a traditional piloted approach with their eVTOLs, others, such as Archer Aviation (NYSE: ACHR), EHang and Boeing (NYSE: BA) subsidiary Wisk Aero are developing fully autonomous versions. As the technology develops and governments begin to adopt regulations to allow unpiloted eVTOLs, we can expect to see other players, such as Horizon Aircraft, following suit with autonomous vehicles of their own. Horizon Aircraft: Bucking The Trend While many competitors in the space are developing fully electric eVTOL aircraft, Horizon’s Cavorite X7 uses a hybrid electric propulsion system, allowing it to travel faster, go further and carry more useful cargo. According to the company, the X7 will have a maximum range of 500 miles, a maximum useful load of 1,500lb and a top speed of 250 mph – outperforming its all-electric competitors in every metric. The seven-seat Cavorite X7 uses a patented fan-in-wing design, with 14 electric ducted fans installed. After a vertical takeoff, the wings reconfigure, allowing it to fly like a normal aircraft during en-route flight. It can also take off and land from a traditional airport like a normal aircraft. The Canadian firm currently has a 50%-scale prototype that has successfully demonstrated hover flight and hopes to complete a successful transition flight soon. The company recently announced a number of promising technical updates. Horizon’s innovative approach appears to be working – earlier this year, Indian air operator JetSetGo signed a letter of intent with the company to purchase 50 Cavorite X7 for $5 million each, with an option to purchase an additional 50, at a total cost of $500 million. With its innovative approach to eVTOL design, and with a government that has shown robust support for the development of sustainable aviation, New Horizon Aircraft seems to be in a good position to take advantage of a potential boom in this new and disruptive form of air travel. Featured photo by Patrick Tomasso on Unsplash. Benzinga is a leading financial media and data provider, known for delivering accurate, timely, and actionable financial information to empower investors and traders. This post contains sponsored content. This content is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be investing advice. Contact Details Benzinga +1 877-440-9464 info@benzinga.com Company Website http://www.benzinga.com

July 01, 2024 08:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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