Its fund-raising job completed, RTP changed its name to “Joby Aviation Inc.”
Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn co-founder and co-lead director of RTP, said “With its advanced technology, we believe Joby is ‘Tesla meets Uber in the air,’ and is the clear leader in the eVTOL and aerial ridesharing space. We believe Joby is well-positioned with capital to be the first company to certification and commercialization. Closing this business combination accelerates Joby’s roadmap.”
The “transaction values Joby at $4.5 billion enterprise value,” the company said. Proceeds raised for the RTP-Joby combination, “plus cash on the balance sheet as of March 31, 2021, equaling approximately $1.6 billion are expected to fund Joby through initial commercial operations.”
So far, Joby reports that more than 1,000 test flights of the Joby eVTOL have been logged. Recently, the aircraft flew a record 154-mile nonstop flight. Joby expects its eVTOL to enter service as soon as 2024.