This October, XPeng AeroHT, the largest flying car company in Asia, carried out the first public flight of its flying car, the XPENG X2, at Skydive Dubai.
After its operations risk assessment had been cleared, giving way to the obtainment of a special permit from the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, the X2 wowed 150 spectators during its 90-second flight.
“XPeng’s X2’s public display in Dubai represents a significant milestone for XPeng AeroHT and the international achievement of flying cars.”Brian Gu, Vice Chairman and President of XPeng.
“Dubai is a world-renowned ‘City of Innovation,’ which is the reason we decided to hold the X2 first public flight event here. Today’s flight is a major step in XPeng exploration of future mobility,” Gu added.
The electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) X2 has a maximum take-off weight of 760 kg., and can soar up to 3,200 feet at a speed of up to 130 km/hr, with 35 minutes of endurance.
It boasts of a full carbon fiber airframe and aviation aluminum structure, with an airframe parachute to ensure the safety of its passengers, along with spherical environment detection.
Wasting no time in making flying cars’ presence only in science fiction a thing of the past, XPeng Chairman He Xiaopeng divulged further plans for the Chinese electric vehicle maker during the ECAR Expo in Sweden earlier this year.
“The X2 is a two-seater eVTOL flying car. It is equipped with an intelligent flight control system and autonomous flight capability. The X2 is the latest generation of flying cars developed independently by XPeng AeroHT. But a more exciting product is the sixth-generation flying car, which can travel on the road and fly in the sky. It can easily switch to drive and flight modes. It will go into mass production and deliver to customers in 2024,” He Xiaopeng said.