Xpeng’s X2 Flying Car Debuts, Revolutionizing Urban Air Mobility

Xpeng’s X2 Flying Car Debuts, Revolutionizing Urban Air Mobility

Xpeng AeroHT showcased its groundbreaking X2 “flying car” at the 2024 China Langfang International Economic and Trade Fair.

This notable demonstration took place at the Beijing International Airport Economic Zone, marking the first flight of a flying car in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region. The event highlights the area’s ambition to develop a “low-altitude economy.”

In May, the Beijing City Government released a draft action plan titled “Beijing Promotes the High-Quality Development of the Low-Altitude Economy Industry (2024-2027).” This initiative aims to position Beijing as a hub for low-altitude economic innovation, exploring new business models for flying cars, including intercity commuting and inner-city shuttle services.

Xpeng CEO He Xiao Peng had previously presented his vision for flying vehicles to the National Congress, underlining the city’s commitment to this futuristic mode of transportation.

Founded in 2013 by Zhao Deli and backed by Xpeng CEO He Xiaopeng, Xpeng AeroHT, formerly known as Heitech, has made significant strides in the flying car industry.

The company rebranded to AeroHT and debuted its first-generation flying car in 2016. By 2020, the company had introduced its fifth-generation flying car, and in 2021, it secured over $500 million USD in Series A financing.

The Xpeng X2, originally launched as Voyager 2, is a two-seater drone-type vehicle constructed primarily from carbon materials. Measuring 5172 mm in length, 5124 mm in width, and 1362 mm in height, the X2 weighs 680 kg and can carry a maximum payload of 160 kg.

Unlike most consumer drones, the X2 features an octocopter design, providing extra thrust and redundancy, along with a built-in parachute for safety.

With a flight endurance of 25 minutes, the X2 has completed nearly 4,000 test flights in diverse environments, including urban areas, sea regions, and deserts.

AeroHT plans to offer an extended-range option for the mass-produced version, likely featuring a larger battery, set to launch in the coming years. However, before the X2’s mass production, Xpeng will produce the Land Carrier, a drone-type car and transport vehicle, in 2025. Spy shots of the Land Carrier surfaced in March this year.

The X2’s demonstration in Beijing marks a significant milestone in China’s flying car technology, advancing the prospects for urban and intercity air transportation.

While it’s thrilling to witness the X2 in action in such a high-profile location, it raises questions about why the Land Carrier, set for earlier mass production, isn’t being tested more frequently.

Increased visibility of these test flights, particularly in prominent areas like Beijing, is crucial for overcoming regulatory challenges, a key hurdle in making flying cars a reality for everyday use.