Heart Aerospace invests heavily in Sweden’s electric plane industry

Patrik Andersson, Chief Executive Officer at Business Region Göteborg

Heart Aerospace is investing heavily in the production of battery-driven planes in Gothenburg and expects to grow to 500 people within three years. Together with airport owner Castellum, it is investing in a new campus for electric aircraft industry at Säve airport.

Gothenburg company Heart Aerospace currently has 130 employees from 23 different countries, who are developing the firm’s first model, a battery driven regional plane for up to 30 passengers, ES-30. This week, it was presented for the first time to global media.

Heart Aerospace’s new facility “Northern Runway”, includes a new headquarter, a research and development centre, a prototype hangar, a test-flight hangar, & a final assembly hall. Säve has no commercial flight traffic, which gives the company good access to its own runway.

“We are very proud that Heart Aerospace has chosen Gothenburg for this stage of its expansion. In addition to expected 500 employees during this first phase, their activities will generate an additional 500 jobs in Sweden by 2025, & even more once serial production starts. We also expect a growing influx of expertise and capital to Gothenburg, which is a world leader in future mobility,” says Patrik Andersson, CEO at Business Region Göteborg.

Why is this the new era of aviation?

The venture is the most exciting the European aviation industry has seen in decades. 21 established airlines, airport owners and leasing companies worldwide are part of a board advising Heart Aerospace on the concept design. Air CanadaSwedish Saab are shareholders.

“We aren’t just building a new electric airliner, but rather a new industry,” says Anders Forslund, founder and CEO at Heart Aerospace. “With Northern Runway we will make electric air travel a reality and preserve flying for future generations all the while preserving the env’t.”

Heart Aerospace’s expansion is a cornerstone in Castellum’s ambition for the whole of Gateway Säve, a 3,000,000 sqm area around the airport, which will be an important hub for electric mobility. Next to where Heart Aerospace will have its HQ, Chalmers University of Tech and RISE Research Institutes have established the Swedish electric transport lab, SEEL.

“This investment marks a new epoch within the aviation industry and it’s also an important milestone in the realisation of Gateway Säve as a world-class arena for the development of sustainable mobility solutions and the development of a national centre for fossil-free mobility,” says Mariette Hilmersson, executive managing director for Castellum Region West.

How is Gothenburg leading multiple types of transport?

Through innovative and large-scale investments in recent years from companies including the Volvo Group, Volvo Cars, Northvolt, Polestar, Geely, Einride, Stena, the Port of Gothenburg and Wireless Car, Gothenburg has already taken a strong and progressive position within sustainable mobility. Now the region’s importance for the green transition is even greater.

“This is further confirmation that Gothenburg offers the strengths that are needed within future mobility. A strong supply of skills, a labour force with niche expertise, advanced research and a capacity to innovate, not least through Chalmers, relevant testbeds and laboratories, as well as specialist suppliers – is what we can offer. Few regions can match the scope and depth of the Gothenburg transportation ecosystem,” Patrik Andersson also added.

To reinforce the operations at Gateway Säve, Business Region Göteborg is also developing a plan to establish an open innovation env’t focused on electrification and electric aviation, in cooperation with Region Västra Götaland. The first phase of Heart Aerospace’s expansion will be complete in mid-2024, and the first tests of their new electric airliner will be initiated in 2026. Heart Aerospace expects to deliver its first planes to customers in 2028.