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Modular flying car unveiled at CES
- January 22, 2024
- Steve Rogerson
CES in Las Vegas saw what is claimed to be the first modular flying car to be mass produced specifically for individuals.
This marked the first demonstration of Xpeng Aeroht’s Land Aircraft Carrier modular flying car outside of China. It will become available to pre-order this quarter with plans to start delivery to individual users late next year.
CES also saw a demonstration of the firm’s eVTOL (electrical vertical take-off and landing) flying car’s transition between land and flight modes. The vehicle has a two-part design, seamlessly switching between terrestrial and aerial modes. The air module facilitates vertical takeoff for low-altitude flights, while the ground module envelops the air module, allowing for ground transportation.
Beyond personal use, the modular flying car holds potential for public services such as emergency rescue, catering to public and private demands.
Xpeng Aeroht is an affiliate of Xpeng Motors and has more than ten years of experience in low-altitude exploration.
The company was keen to stress this was not just another concept, but a tangible step forward. Having completed all key tests of the R&D validation phase, this modular flying car has now entered the preparation stage for mass production.
Though the final design is still in development, it already has a futuristic, cyber-mechanical aesthetic, characterised by sharp lines and sleek surfaces, reminiscent of a lunar exploration vehicle.
The ground module accommodates four to five passengers. Its extended-range electric powertrain provides multiple recharges for the air module. The three-axle, six-wheel configuration enables 6×6 all-wheel drive and rear-wheel steering.
The air module is a fully electric piloted aircraft capable of vertical takeoff and low-altitude flight. Its electric propulsion system meets single-point failure safety requirements. It supports manual and automatic driving modes, providing an accessible flying experience. The 270˚ panoramic two-person cockpit offers a vast field of view.
In land mode, the vehicle seamlessly folds its flying components. Upon switching to flight mode, it opens its arms, facilitating vertical takeoff and landing. This functionality allows for intuitive navigation through congested areas and obstacles when conditions permit, effectively addressing the demand for short-distance, low-altitude travel.
“Xpeng Motors is at the heart of a revolution in mobility,” said Brian Hongdi Gu, president of Xpeng Motors. “The future of mobility goes beyond cars. Whether people want to travel by cars, air or other ways, we aspire to change what’s possible.”
Tan Wang, co-founder of Xpeng Aeroht (aeroht.com), added: “In 2013, we started Aeroht, dreaming of flying cars. Fast forward to 2024, and that dream has become a reality. The future is here today, and the whole world is ready to fly.”