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Aerofugia Technology Co. Ltd. (Geely) AE200 X01 (technology demonstrator)

Aerofugia Technology AE200 X01 eVTOL passenger technology demonstrator aircraft


AE200 X01 (technology demonstrator)
Aerofugia Technology Co. Ltd. (Geely)
Chengdu, Sichuan, China

Founded in September 2020, Aerofugia Technology Company Limited (based in China) is in the business of designing and manufacturing low-altitude UAVs and electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) passenger aircraft. The company is a subsidiary of Geely Technology Group and in 2021, Aerofugia formed a joint venture with Volocopter.

The AE200 X01 is a full scale eVTOL technology demonstrator aircraft that is powered by eight propellers, eight electric motors and powered by batteries. The aircraft has one high wing with four booms parallel to the fuselage and the propellers are at the end of each boom. The front propellers are tilt-propellers and the rear propellers are VTOL-only propellers. The windows are extra tall for spectacular views, two rear boom mounted vertical stabilizers and has retractable tricycle wheeled landing gear.

The AE200 X01 technology demonstrator successfully completed its first test flight on January 30, 2023 in China. According to the South China Morning Post the AE200 X01 technology demonstrator was the largest Chinese eVTOL ever flown.

According to recent articles in the 2020s, the Chinese government has been gradually relaxing its restrictions on low-altitude civilian airspace, below 1,000 meters (3,280 feet). In March 2022, the Ministry of Transport of China released a development plan that listed flying cars among the major tasks from now until 2035.

The company has state they hope to have the type certificate to be obtained within three to five years.


  • Aircraft type: eVTOL technology demonstrator aircraft
  • Piloting: 1 pilot or remote control
  • Capacity: 5 seats (1 pilot, 4 passengers)
  • Propellers: 8 propellers
  • Electric motors: 8 electric motors
  • Power source: Batteries
  • Fuselage: Carbon fiber composite
  • Windows: Panoramic wrap around windows allowing forward, left and right for spectacular views
  • Wings: 1 main high wing
  • Tail: 2 boom mounted vertical stabilizer
  • Landing gear: Retractable tricycle wheeled landing gear
  • Safety features: Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP), provides safety through redundancy for its passengers and/or cargo. DEP means having multiple propellers (or ducted fans) and motors on the aircraft so if one or more propellers (ducted fans) or motors fail, the other working propellers (or ducted fans) and motors can safely land the aircraft. There are also redundancies in the sub-systems of the aircraft.

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