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XPeng AeroHT Flying Car (concept design)

 

XPeng AeroHT Flying Car (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'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.

 

Hybrid-electric VTOL Flying Car passenger concept design vehicle
On October 24, 2021, the company reported it was developing a hybrid-electric Flying Car, a roadable and flying VTOL vehicle. While relatively few details of the aircraft's technical specifications have been made available, the vehicle uses a pair of rotors for lift and for ground travel, the vehicle would operate in a very similar fashion to a sports car. The aircraft has two electric motors for the propellers and is powered by hybrid-electric power source. It is unknown if the car uses electric motors for ground travel.

There is a wide canopy over the cockpit for excellent views on the ground or in the air. The fuselage is made from carbon fiber composite material for a high strength and low weight ratio. The rotors fold into the craft, reducing its profile when driving. According to a panel conducted by HT Aero, the aircraft will also use a safety system to evaluate weather conditions and incorporate an auto-pilot feature, parachute and redundant power systems. The aircraft lands on its four road tires for landing gear.

According to the company in early 2021, this is a 6th generation vehicle and the company also announced that serial production is expected in 2024. In June 2022, XPeng announced that it received an investment from an undisclosed investor and that they remain committed to releasing the aircraft in 2024. The Flying Car did not go into production and is a concept design.

Specifications:

  • Aircraft type: Hybrid-electric VTOL passenger ground and air concept design vehicle
  • Piloting: Autonomous or manual
  • Capacity: 2 passengers
  • Cruise speed (air/ground): Unknown
  • Range (air/ground): Unknown
  • Propellers: 2 propellers
  • Electric Motors (air): 2 electric motors
  • Electric Motors (ground): Unknown
  • Power source: Hybrid-electric power source
  • Fuselage: Carbon fiber composite
  • Window: Canopy over cockpit
  • Landing gear: 4 standard car wheels
  • Safety features: There are redundancies in the sub-systems of the aircraft. There is a whole aircraft ballistic parachute.

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