If Chinese automobile company Xpeng AeroHT has its way, we may soon be using flying cars. The electric car manufacturer recently unveiled two radical flying vehicle models.
On October 10, 2022, the Xpeng X2 successfully did a test flight in Dubai. The unmanned two-seater lifted off from Skydive Dubai and completed a flight that lasted just 90 seconds. It was witnessed by 150 conference attendees and officials.
The “teardrop-shaped” X2 is fitted with an electric engine and produces no carbon emissions. It is programmed to fly by itself and can go up to 129km/h. X2’s eight propellers — two at each corner of the vehicle — allow for vertical take-off and landing.
Shortly after X2’s public debut, Xpeng AeroHT introduced a second flying car prototype – the Xpeng X3. It is essentially a sports car with “wings.”
This model drives like a regular car in “ground mode.” When the owner needs to fly, all they have to do is shift to “flight mode.” The X3 will take off vertically. Once in the air, the “aircraft” can be piloted using the steering wheel and a right-hand gear lever.