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Xpeng X2 flying car completes test flight across Chinese city in major development

It's the first time the X2 has flown across a city.
  • The Xpeng X2 flying car has completed yet another successful test flight
  • Just days ago it completed its first cross-river flight – now it’s flown across a city
  • It was the flying car’s first mission over the central city of Guangzhou in China

Published on Mar 8, 2024 at 5:05PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on Mar 8, 2024 at 9:27PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

The Xpeng X2 flying car has conducted yet another successful test flight.

This time, though, the eVOTL has completed its first mission across a city.

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Just days ago, the Xpeng X2 completed its first cross-river flight.

The flight, which covered a distance of 1.5km, lasted four minutes.

This time round, the flying car flew over the central business district (CBD) of Guangzhou, China.

The test flight was aimed at “accumulating experience for future low-altitude application scenarios including urban air transportation and low-altitude tourism,” Xpeng AeroHT said.

In other words: the Xpeng X2 flying car can be used for making inter-city commutes as well as sightseeing.

The company added that the X2’s latest test flight ensured it can meet demand for use in complex urban environments.

Speaking to local media recently, Xpeng chairman and CEO, He Xiaopeng, mentioned how he’d asked company executives to have at least 5,000 kilometers of hands-on experience before the flying car goes on sale.

Rumor has it, the Xpeng X2 flying car already has close to 4,000 test flights under its belt, although it’s currently unknown what that equates to in kilometers.

These test flights have been conducted in various application scenarios, including sea areas, deserts, across rivers, and now across urban CBDs.

Back in 2021, Xpeng unveiled the Voyager X1 – its fourth-generation flying vehicle.

Showcased at the Shanghai auto show, it’s the size of a regular car and can takeoff and land vertically in a parking space.

Later that year, the company unveiled its fifth-generation vehicle, the X2, on Weibo, with a weight of 360 kg and a maximum takeoff weight of 560 kg.

The Xpeng X2 flying car has a range of 35 minutes and fastest flight speed of 130 km/h (80 mph), according to information previously released by the company.

It has autonomous flight path planning capability, too, and through multiple sensors, can monitor the ground, and self-return to land.

In related news, Volkswagen has unveiled a working prototype of its Flying Tiger electric flying car.

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