Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
Founded in 2014 by He Xiaopeng, Henry Xia and He Tao, Xpeng Motors 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 Urban Air Mobility (UAM). 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. The name of the aircraft can be translated in two ways, either Voyager X2 or Traveler X2.
The XPeng Voyager X2 is a fifth generation eVTOL multicopter aircraft which holds two passengers, has eight propellers, eight electric motors, powered by batteries, has a maximum speed of 130 kp/h (81 mph) and a flight time of 35 minutes. The aircraft is flown autonomously, has fixed-skid type landing gear and has been made specifically for Urban Air Mobility (UAM).
The Voyager X2 was revealed at a public exhibition in Shanghai, China in July 2021 and in Europe in March 2022. The price range for the Voyager X2 is expected to be in the range of $126,000.00 - $236,000.00 USD. The company plans to test fly the aircraft in Europe in 2022 and serial production will occur in 2024.
- Aircraft type: eVTOL multicopter
- Piloting: Autonomous
- Capacity: 2 passengers
- Maximum speed: 130 kp/h (81 mph)
- Flight Time: 35 minutes
- Cruise altitude: 300-500 m (984-1,640 ft)
- Empty weight: 360 kg (794 lb)
- Maximum takeoff weight: 560 kg (1,235 lb)
- Propellers: 8 propellers
- Electric Motors: 8 electric motors
- Power source: Batteries
- Fuselage: Carbon fiber composite
- Windows: Canopy over cockpit
- Landing gear: Fixed skid landing
- Safety Features: Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP), provides safety through redundancy for its passengers and/or cargo. DEP means having multiple propellers and motors on the aircraft so if one or more motors or propellers fail, the other working motors and propellers can safely land the aircraft. The aircraft has a ballistic parachute.
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- Article: XPeng unveils X2, its fifth-generation flying car, CNEV Post, July 16, 2021
- Article: Alibaba-Backed XPeng Shows Off Its Latest Flying-Car Prototype, Caixin Global, July 17, 2021
- Article: XPeng Shows Voyager X2 Flying Car, With Autonomous Capabilities, Autoevolution, July 17, 2021
- Article: XPeng Backed HT Aero Unveils Flying Vehicle City Usage Scenarios, Businesswire, Sept. 24, 2021
- Article: Chinese electric-vehicle maker Xpeng plans to mass produce flying cars by 2024 and says they'll cost less than $157,000, Business Insider, Oct. 24, 2021
- Article: China's Rising eVTOL Industry, Vertiflite, Nov/Dec 2021
- Article: Flying car's first show on CCTV Lantern Festival shows a new exploration of future travel, XPeng, Mar. 7, 2022
- Article: XPeng X2 Flying Car Quietly Arrived In Europe, Car News China, Mar. 16, 2022
- Video: Xpeng X2 Flying car tests 0-100km/h acceleration, CarNewsChina, July 19, 2022
- Article: XPeng AeroHT Completes ‘Flying Car’ Trial Factory in China, CarNewsChina, July 25, 2022