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XPeng AeroHT Snow Flyer (concept design)

XPeng AeroHT Snow Flyer passenger eVTOL snow mobile type vehicle

 

Snow Flyer (concept design)
XPeng AeroHT
Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
www.aeroht.com

With funding from XPeng Motors, XPeng AeroHT was founded in 2020 as one of its subdivisions and is located in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China. XPeng AeroHT is in the business of designing and manufacturing electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) passenger aircraft for advanced air mobility (AAM). The company was originally founded as Heitech in 2013 by Zhao Deli in Dongguan, Guangdong, China and was later purchased by XPeng Motors. He Xiaopeng is the Chairman and CEO of XPeng Motors and the Chairman of XPeng AeroHT. Zhao Deli is currently the president of XPeng AeroHT, Wang Tan is the co-founder, vice president and chief designer of XPeng AeroHT and Zheng Congwei is the vice president of XPeng AeroHT. (Image credit: XPeng AeroHT)

XPeng Motors was founded in 2014 by He Xiaopeng, Henry Xia and He Tao and is a leading Chinese all-electric vehicle and technology company that designs, develops and manufactures intelligent automobiles that are seamlessly integrated with the Internet and utilize the latest advances in artificial intelligence. The company is beginning to make electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft for advanced air mobility (AAM). The company's headquarters are located in Guangzhou, China.

The company's manufacturing philosophy centers around quality, continuous improvement, flexibility and high operating efficiency. XPeng's goal is to make smart electric vehicles with technology and data, and shape the consumer mobility experience of the future. XPeng went public in the U.S. in August 2020 and has completed a dual-primary listing in Hong Kong.

When Zhao Deli was very young, he always liked electronics, science and had the dream to fly. In 2008, Zhao by chance, saw a group of people flying remote-controlled model aircraft which sparked his interest in flying again. He began to work on, study and learn to make model aircraft, including drones and helicopters and learned how to make them fly.

After making electric drones for several years (including a hybrid-electric drone), Zhao started his own company in 2010 to sell drones. The company created five different drone models to manufacture and sell. Then around 2016, Zhao read about a hover surfboard from Canada, this information was the catalyst to for him to begin building an eVTOL hoverbike for one passenger.

He started out funding himself with his own money, by selling his home and borrowing money from friends. He then attracted investors to keep his research going. After his drone company went bankrupt, Zhao Deli attracted an investment of $2.8 million (USD), all from Chinese venture capitalists and XPeng AeroHT was formed. Before XPeng AeroHT was formed, Deli's two previous and now defunct eVTOL companies were named GroundAero and Heitech Aeronautics & Astronautics.

Snow Flyer passenger eVTOL multicopter and ground snow mobile concept design vehicle
The Snow Flyer is a one passenger eVTOL multicopter concept design vehicle with snow mobile capability for ground travel in the snow. The cockpit is enclosed to keep the pilot and luggage warm in cold weather. The aircraft is scalable and can accept either an all-battery power source or a hybrid-electric power source.There is room inside the Snow Flyer for snow ski gear and other luggage.

The aircraft has four propellers and four electric motors which are mounted on the top of the fuselage. There are four electric motors powering the propellers. For ground travel, the vehicle has two front skies and has a continuous rubber tread (like a snowmobile continuous track) in the back of the vehicle. There are four electric motors for the front skies and rear continuous treads. The vehicle is powered by Lithium-ion battery packs. The vehicle can be outfitted with a hybrid-electric power source.

The Snow Flyer, if ever put into production, would have been used for snow skiing, search and rescue, vacation travel, sightseeing, search and rescue, scientific use and for advance air mobility.

Specifications:

  • Aircraft type: eVTOL passenger scalable multicopter snow vehicle concept design
  • Piloting: 1 pilot
  • Cruise speed: Unknown
  • Propellers: 4 propellers
  • Electric motors: 4 electric motors
  • Power source: Lithium-ion battery packs
  • Fuselage: Carbon fiber composite
  • Windows: Large windows for excellent views
  • Landing gear: Half track snowmobile type landing gear, two skies in the front, two snowmobile trends in the rear
  • 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. The aircraft has an emergency ballistic parachute.

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