Flying Car Company in China Looks to Mass Produce Models

In the modular version, the flying component comes out of the back of the truck-like vehicle and the vehicle then pulls forward

Chuck Martin, Editorial Director AI & IoT

October 25, 2023

3 Min Read
XPENG AEROHT modular flying car flight illustration
Xpeng Aeroht

A two-pronged approach to developing eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) vehicles was introduced at the fifth annual Tech Day held in Guangzhou China this week.

Xpeng Aeroht, a subsidiary of Chinese automaker Xpeng, introduced a vehicle described as  like a moon rover for Earth, along with a modular version.

Both would be fully road-driving vehicles with the flight mechanisms hidden. 

In one, the propellers protrude, and the vehicle takes off vertically.

In the modular version, the electric aerial vehicle (EAV), comes out of the back of the vehicle, the vehicle pulls forward and the EAV is left standing alone in takeoff mode, according to a video from Xpeng.

This is one of the few EAV approaches coming directly from an automaker. Hyundai is also approaching the market in a similar fashion, with its Supernal subsidiary.

The Xpeng modular flying car is the first mass-produced model designed for flying, commuting and off-road adventures, according to the company.

Xpeng Aeroht is believed to be the largest flying car company in Asia, with more than 800 employees.

Xpeng recently opened a testing center to develop eVTOL vehicles in Foshan, China. 

The flying car ground transportation test center was designed to research new flying technologies, according to the company.

Related:Flying Car Test Center Opens in China; Completed in 4 Months

The testing center has numerous components, including a flight base to validate flights, 

durability tests and certification flights, a flight test center for prototype flight testing, a

powertrain experiment center to test electric motors, batteries and high-voltage electrical components, and a ground comprehensive testing center to cover all aspects of research and development for flying car flight processes.

Xpeng Aeroht raised $500 million in a series A financing round in 2021 and is backed by a consortium of investors, including Sequoia China, Eastern Bell Capital, GGV Capital, GL Ventures and Yunfeng Capital.

The company recently conducted an autonomous test of its EAV with the two-seater X2 taking off, flying over buildings and landing, showcased in a video by the company.

The company also has flown its EAV across the Xiang River in Hunan province, China.

The test center Ehang created is one of numerous eVTOL facilities being constructed around the world.

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For example, Joby Aviation, recently announced the building of a facility in Dayton, Ohio, to deliver up to 500 eVTOL vehicles a year, Brazilian commercial aircraft company Embraer is building a production facility for eVTOL vehicles and Volatus Infrastructure teamed with Ace VTOL to build vertiports for EAVs to take off and land in Australia.

Related:Flying Car Flies Across River in China

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About the Author(s)

Chuck Martin

Editorial Director AI & IoT

Chuck Martin, author of "Flying Vehicles," New York Times Business Bestselling author and futurist, is Editorial Director at Informa Tech, home of AI Business, IoT World Today and Enter Quantum. Martin has been a leader in emerging digital technologies for more than two decades. He is considered one of the foremost emerging technology experts in the world and his latest book title "Flying Vehicles" (The Emergence of Personal Air Travel, Flying Cars, and Air Taxis) followed "Digital Transformation 3.0" (The New Business-to-Consumer Connections of The Internet of Things).  He hosts a worldwide podcast titled “The Voices of the Internet of Things with Chuck Martin,” where he converses with top executives from the companies driving the adoption of emerging technology.

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