Chinese electric vehicle maker Xpeng has managed to obtain a key permit that would allow it launch its “flying car” Aeroht X2 in China, according to a report by TechCrunch.
The “special flight permit” from the Civil Aviation Administration of China will allow Xpeng’s Electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) vehicle to undertake a manned flight.
X2, which Aeroht describes as a “flying car”, is a two-seat, carbon fiber quadcopter that sports no wheels — though the firm’s next generation aircraft appears to be a sedan with wings, according to concept photos on its website.
For now, X2 is designed to for “future low-altitude city flights and is perfect for short-distance city journeys such as sightseeing and medical transportation,” says its product information. It can be operated mannually or in an autonomous mode that automates start, return and landing operations. The model has flown over 3,000 tests since its maiden flight in June 2021.