Ahead of the planned launch in international markets, Xpeng X2's flying car completes its first public flight

Ahead of the planned launch in international markets, Xpeng X2's flying car completes its first publ ...

Xpeng, a Chinese electronic vehicle manufacturer, made its first public flight in the United Arab Emirates, where the company works towards the first passenger vehicle. The X2 is a two-seater electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) airplane that is manned by eight propellers - two at each corner of the vehicle.

The manufacturer of Monday''s unmanned, 90-minute test flight in Dubai described it as a "important base for the next generation of flying automobiles."

"We are making step-by-step (moves) to the international market," said Minguan Qiu, head of Xpeng Aeroht. "First we selected Dubai city because Dubai is the world''s most innovative city."

According to a Khaleej Times, Chinese technology and electric vehicle manufacturer Xpeng tested the world''s first flying electric taxi earlier this week. It reportedly had a maximum takeoff weight of 760kg, a 560kg empty weight, and a 130kmph top flight speed. It is made of premium carbon fibre and is equipped with an airframe parachute.

After departing from Skydive Dubai, the X2 aircraft completed its test flight, revealing a new era of short-haul flights and intelligent mobility solutions.

The most recent version of flying cars is the futuristic electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle (eVTOL), which has autonomous flight capabilities and an intelligent flight control system. The X2 is designed for low-altitude cities and produces no carbon dioxide.

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According to the report, flying automobiles may be available for commercial use in the next two to three years.