XPENG AEROHT has celebrated the first public electric vertical take-off-and-landing (eVTOL) flight of its ‘flying car’, the XPENG X2.
The flight took place at the Skydive Dubai centre, which is located next to The Palm hotel.
This was the first public display of XPENG X2’s capabilities after completing an operations risk assessment and receiving a flying permit from the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA).
The event was watched by over 150 attendees, including representatives from the Chinese Consulate in Dubai, the Dubai International Chamber of Commerce, the DCAA, the Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism and the Dubai World Trade Centre.
“XPENG X2's public display in Dubai represents a significant milestone for XPENG AEROHT and the international achievement of flying cars. Dubai is a world-renowned 'City of Innovation', which is the reason we decided to hold the X2 first public flight event here. Today's flight is a major step in XPENG's exploration of future mobility.”
The XPENG X2 is a two-seater eVTOL designed with an enclosed cockpit and a carbon fibre structure.
The zero-exhaust-emission vehicle will be used for low-altitude, short-distance city flights, including tourism flights and medical transportation. It is capable of operating in two driving modes: manual and autonomous.
“The first global public flight of the X2 flying car will change the game of future mobility. The flying car is the epitome of ambition, innovation and future-oriented vision that has always inspired Dubai and its leadership. Today, we witnessed a historic moment that will define the next 50 years.”
Following this successful flight, XPENG AEROHT is also preparing to announce updates on its next-generation model at 1024 XPENG Tech Day on 24 October.
According to the manufacturer, this sixth-generation model will be able to drive autonomously and manually in the air and on roads.
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