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Guangzhou Automobile Group Gove (prototype)

Guangzhou Automobile Group Gove one passenger eVTOL and ground prototype vehicle

 

Gove (prototype)
Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., Ltd.
Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
www.gac.com.cn

Founded in 1955, state owned Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., Ltd. is currently the fifth largest automobile manufacturer in China with their headquarters in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China. The company makes conventional automobile, electric vehicles and charging stations. The company reported in July 2022 that will now be developing flying cars. The company then revealed its passenger electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) prototype aircraft and roadable vehicle for advanced air mobility (AAM) and other mobility solutions on June 26, 2023 at the GAC Tech Day in China. (All images GAC credit.)

The Gove is a one passenger eVTOL aircraft and roadable prototype vehicle
The Gove is an autonomous (or remotely piloted) one passenger eVTOL aircraft and roadable prototype vehicle for on-demand ground and air taxi service for advance air mobility. (Gove stands for Guangzhou Automobile Group on-the-go vertical flight electric vehicle.) The vehicle consists of two separate units, the flight pod and the road chassis, both can travel together or independently of each other. When the flight pod is on the chassis and driving on the road, the propeller arms fold inward and then the propeller booms will extend for flight mode.

A computer-generated imagery (CGI) video made by the company shows that the Gove vehicle can be in route traveling on a road and the flight pod can take off safely from the moving chassis. The chassis is remotely controlled and when the aircraft takes off, the chassis will be driven to the nearest charging station that is in need of the chassis. At the end of the video, it shows a long range eVTOL aircraft with dedicated VTOL propellers, electric ducted fans for forward flight and wings. It seems the company might have plans to design and produce more than one model of passenger eVTOL aircraft.

The aircraft has an estimated range of flight 200 km (124 miles). The aircraft pod has 12 propellers, 12 electric motors and batteries for its power source. The company foresees building many charging stations in urban areas (and possibly rural areas) powered by solar panels to charge both parts of the vehicle. With multiple charging stations, the pods can take flight and dock onto another chassis at its destination. If there are too many chassis at one charging station, they can be driven remotely to other charging stations for the flight pods.

Maiden flight
One article revealed the Gove made its maiden flight during the 2023 Tech Day event and one picture of the flight was on GAC Group's news web page. Specific details on the maiden flight were not revealed by the company in any press release as of June 2023.

Future
As of June 2023, the company stated they have no estimated timeline when production of the vehicle will begin; however, they did indicate it would take a long time for the vehicle to be in serial production.

Gove charging station

Gove charging station

Gove Interior

Gove Interior

Guangzhou Automobile Group 2023 Tech Day booth

Guangzhou Automobile Group 2023 Tech Day booth

Test flight at the Guangzhou Automobile Group 2023 Tech Day

Test flight at the Guangzhou Automobile Group 2023 Tech Day

Gove road travel

Gove road travel

Gove take off

Gove take off

 

Specifications:

  • Aircraft type: One passenger eVTOL aircraft and roadable prototype vehicle, with detachable flying passenger pod
  • Piloting: Piloted or remote piloting
  • Capacity: 1 passenger
  • Range: 200 km (124 miles)
  • Propellers: 12 propellers
  • Electric motors: 12 electric motors
  • Power source: Batteries
  • Fuselage: Carbon fiber composite
  • Windows: Panoramic wrap around windows allowing forward, left and right visibility for spectacular views with a solid roof above the passenger compartment
  • Landing gear: Lands on the ground chassis that has 4 wheels for road travel
  • 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 of critical components in the sub-systems of the aircraft.

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