Heart Aerospace to build electric airplane factory in Sweden
Swedish electric airplane maker Heart Aerospace today announced it will establish the world’s first commercial electric aircraft industry at Säve airport, in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Heart Aerospace says it will build sustainable state-of-the-art offices, production and flight test facilities which, together, will form a new campus which will go by the name the Northern Runway.
"We have a plan and it’s not just to build a new electric airplane, but a whole new industry," says Anders Forslund, founder and CEO of Heart Aerospace, in the press release.
Heart Aerospace’s Northern Runway campus will form part of the Castellum owned development area Gateway Säve, where a unique site for sustainable logistics and electric mobility is being developed.
"Gothenburg has distinguished itself as a driving force within electrification, with world class research facilities like the Swedish electric transport laboratory, SEEL, Chalmers University of Technology and a large cluster of companies focused on battery and electric vehicle development," says Sofia Graflund, COO at Heart Aerospace, in the press release. "The ambition that Castellum and the City of Gothenburg have for Gateway Säve is truly unique and that is why we have decided to establish our new industry here."
Heart Aerospace currently employs 130 people, but the company is growing rapidly and expects to employ around 500 people by 2025.
"We are extremely proud that Heart Aerospace has chosen Gothenburg for this step in their expansion, which we will give full support. The establishment will generate an additional 500 Swedish jobs by 2025 and even more when series production begins," says Patrik Andersson, CEO of Business Region Göteborg, in the press release.
The long-term recruitment base in Gothenburg is strong due to its proximity to Chalmers University of Technology.
A first phase in the establishment of Heart Aerospace’s Northern Runway is scheduled to be finalised by mid-2024, with test flights scheduled to start in 2026. Heart Aerospace expects to deliver its first ES-30 aircraft in 2028.