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Stellantis Increases Strategic Shareholding in Archer

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Stellantis N.V. and Archer Aviation Inc. announced that Stellantis has recently finalized a series of open market purchases, acquiring

Stellantis N.V. and Archer Aviation Inc. announced that Stellantis has recently finalized a series of open market purchases, acquiring approximately 8.3 million shares of Archer’s stock. This move underscores Stellantis’ ongoing confidence in Archer’s initiatives to introduce electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft to the market, starting in 2025. Stellantis’ expanded investment in Archer comes after CEO Carlos Tavares’ recent visit to Archer’s headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Santa Clara, California.

In January 2023, Stellantis announced that its goal was for Stellantis to mass produce Archer’s Midnight aircraft as its exclusive contract manufacturer thereby allowing Archer to strengthen its path to commercialization by helping it avoid hundreds of millions of dollars of spending. The construction on the first phase of Archer’s high-volume manufacturing facility in Georgia remains on track to be completed later this year. The first phase is a build out of ~350,000 square feet on a ~100 acre site designed to support production of up to 650 aircraft annually, which would make it one of the largest manufacturing facilities by volume in the aircraft industry.

Archer’s Midnight aircraft is designed to be safe, sustainable, quiet and carry four passengers plus a pilot. Midnight is optimized for back-to-back short distance trips of around 20-50 miles, with a charging time of approximately 10 minutes in-between.

“Archer has established itself as a market leader in the electrification of aviation and we believe that together we can usher in the next transportation revolution,” said Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares. “This recent move by Stellantis signals our confidence in Archer’s team and the progress we see firsthand through our deep partnership.”

“We are on the cusp of changing the way the world moves in the sky,” said Adam Goldstein, founder and CEO of Archer. “Archer and Stellantis are working side by side to realize a once-in-a-generation opportunity to redefine urban transportation and deliver tremendous value to the world’s cities and our shareholders.”

Stellantis has been a strategic partner to Archer since 2020 through various collaboration initiatives, and as an investor since 2021. During this time, Archer has leveraged Stellantis’ deep manufacturing, supply chain, and design expertise in connection with Archer’s efforts to design, develop, and commercialize its eVTOL aircraft.

SOURCE: Stellantis

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