XPeng AeroHT, which is China’s Urban Air Mobility (UAM) company has officially completed its trial production factory which is based in Hualong Town, Panyu District of Guangzhou City.
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Located on an expanse of land spanning across 35,000 square meters, the factory buildings will include a power test center, a flying car test center, and two trial production workshops. The newly established plant will begin operations immediately with tasks to handle performance tests before mass production, process validation/verification, and trial production. Other activities will include pre-research, machining, and testing of various other products.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, XPeng co-founder and chairman, He Xiaopeng, said:
“The product AeroHT is currently working on is a flying car, but its core is still a car. For any car company, trial production and testing are all essential. I believe that this factory can accompany us through the most rapid development of the start-up period. In the near future, when the first generation of Huitian flying cars is launched, we will be the world’s first flying car.”
XPeng AeroHT has continually made progress in its goal of building the world’s first flying car. The company had promised to deliver a flying car by 2024, and has conducted more than 15,000 safely manned flights since its inception in 2013.
The flying car project seeks to combine automotive and aerospace technologies in a bid to build safe electric vehicles that can fly. Currently, the flying car is still at the concept stage, and the company’s fifth-generation model, the XPeng X2 has a max flight altitude of 1,000 meters. It is also equipped with autopilot, can land on its own, and has a catapult parachute system for emergency situations.
Video showing test flight of the Xpeng X2
In June, XPeng AeroHT announced to have completed the first round of financing, where it raised a total of over $500 million which is said to be the largest investment in the Asian urban air mobility sector.
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